Welcome to Dare to Dance.
My name is Jessica. I’m a ballet student living in London, training for a career in dance.
My dance story is a little unusual. Whilst most would begin classes in early childhood, I took my first ballet lesson shortly before turning 15, as a way to regain fitness and strength after a knee injury. I immediately loved it and knew that it was what I wanted to do as a career. However, most are already beginning serious pre-professional training at 15. My family didn’t have the financial means for me to go straight into serious training, so I made do with the classes I could get at my local school while I tried to catch up with my peers.
I went along through the academic system, completing my GCSEs and A Levels, and even applied to study English at University, and kept dancing as much as I could in my spare time. It wasn’t until I was making my university choices that I even realised there was an option to study dance full-time: I had assumed that you could only be taken on to a full-time course at 16 when beginning A Levels. I decided to change paths and focus on making dance my career.
It hasn’t been easy as I’ve had to work to fund my training. For the past three years I’ve been training at a Russian ballet school in London, and my technique has really been transformed under the wonderful teaching here. However as it is not a degree qualification, I am not eligible for student status or funding, so I have been working a full-time job too. To be honest, it’s been hard- really hard- however giving up just isn’t an option for me! I now work part-time as a teaching assistant and I am auditioning for full-time degree courses, which I will begin in September. I’m looking forward to that next chapter in my dance story.
My journey has been about sticking to it and working towards my dream no matter how hard it gets. I continue to live by this philosophy and that’s the message I want to share through this blog. It doesn’t matter if you’re facing obstacles on your own dance journey; you owe it to yourself to stay true to your dreams. I hope to give some advice, some information and some inspiration. Take a look around and enjoy!