How to Catch Up in Your Dance Training

As you may know, I started my dance training much later than most. I took my first ever ballet lesson just before I turned 15. I danced a few times a week at local schools, and I didn’t start serious ballet training until I was 21. If you’re not sure how huge a difference that…

Does social media help or hinder young aspiring dancers?

I enjoy social media; most of my generation do, and those younger than me seem to like and use it even more. It is a great way to stay in touch with friends, make new ones and get inspiration. However, there’s no denying it’s a big distraction. With the progression of technology, we can now…

Self- Care Tips for Dancers

  Dance is incredibly demanding, especially at a serious level. As dancers, we not only give an incredible amount of mental and physical energy to what we do, but what we do also informs the rest of our lives. You can’t keep dance and life separate, because when you dance, it IS your life. When…

Dare to Dance is now on Facebook!

Just a quick one to let you all know that there is now a Facebook page for Dare to Dance- you can like the page here! How exciting!   Also make sure you’re following on Twitter and Instagram for updates and insights into my dance journey every day! -Jessica x

#wedaretodance; Standing Up for Accessibility in Dance

When I started this blog several years ago, and when I relaunched it recently as Dare to Dance, I had the idea that I wanted to document my dance journey, because I am taking an unusual route into my dance career. I started dancing much later than most, and didn’t begin serious training until adulthood….

Dance and Nutrition Part One: My Story

Dance and Nutrition: what an important topic. Dance is incredibly demanding- dancers train (at least) as hard as athletes, however as artists are required to maintain a certain line. (‘Line’ is how we often describe the shape of the body in dance, both in general and when in specific poses). I recently went to see…

Photo Gallery: Taynuilt

Here is a gallery of photos by the very talented Jake Owens Photography, from when we visited Taynuilt in the West Scottish Highlands during audition season.

Life and Dance Update: May

So, after an incredibly busy period of constantly moving house, as well as many other life changes (detailed in my last post), I am finally settled into a new home and back in classes. Now that I have left my part-time day job in order to pursue dance more seriously, I am enjoying being able…

A Very Busy Spring

So, audition season is finally over, and things have continued to be absolutely crazy in my life! Auditions drew to a close a few weeks ago, and I didn’t get as many offers as I was expecting. Auditions were stressful, but exciting. It was amazing to get to go to so many fantastic schools I…