Fully DSB Checked, plus, Certificate in child protection and safeguarding against children in education and first aid and defib trained.
I have been dancing since I was three (distant memory) and regularly put on performances in the living room making a grand entrance from behind the curtains!!!! I was a strange little child!
I trained at Thomson School of Dance in Rotherham, and graded in through IDTA and BBO in ballet, tap and modern.
Amateur dramatics and performing were a large part of my childhood and my mums’ pantomimes were legendary!! We were all involved (poor dad!!). Having moved around a lot as a child my love for dancing and performing was something that travelled with me but it wasn’t until my late teens that I realised just how much I loved it (and I actually wasn’t bad at it either!).
In 1996 I answered an advert in the Sheffield Star for dancers for Sheffield Eagles pre-match entertainment. When I arrived at Don Valley Stadium I was overwhelmed by the amount of people there and just thought I’d do my best. Needless to say I got into the troupe and had an absolutely fantastic time. The two people running the E Girls were Nikki and Louise. Over the next year I attended and performed at places I could have only previously dreamed of (I have Nikki’s inability to say NO to thank for that!!). As a team we were fantastic, we worked really hard but it definitely paid off!! After the lack of funding forced the E Girls to disperse, Nikki asked me if I wanted to come to Branching Out and attend the classes. I loved it. And still do. Nikki encouraged my progression into teaching and choreography.
Over ten years ago, I started a ladies class on Tuesday evenings in Oughtibridge, I adore teaching this class and count the ladies that attend as some of my dearest friends.
I have taught different groups of people all over the city from Brownies and Rainbows, to Junior and Pre-schools.
I love teaching, and the pride of watching both the children and adults grow with confidence and character and knowing that it’s something I have contributed in, makes the early Saturday mornings so worth while!