How long have you been a patient at The London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry? I’ve been a patient at the practice for two years.
Tell us a little about your ballet school? How long have you been doing ballet? I began taking ballet lessons when I was three years old in The New Forest, Hampshire. At 16, I gained a coveted place at The Arts Educational School in Tring Park where I continued to study the beautiful art of ballet. After completing my A-Levels, I won a scholarship to attend the London Studio Centre where I graduated with a degree in theatre dance. After graduating, I worked extensively in the profession in West End shows, music videos and TV commercials. I also did modeling campaigns with Fortnum & Mason, Net A Porter and Dolce & Gabbana.
Although performing was very exciting and a great experience, my life-long dream was to open my own ballet school. In January 2011, after months of planning and searching for the perfect venue, I finally was able to fulfill my dream of starting my own business- The Primrose Hill Ballet School.
What are the benefits of ballet classes for young children? Instruction in ballet can provide numerous benefits for children of all ages regardless of their skill level.
Physical benefits: Ballet requires the use of muscles in the arms, legs and torso. Various movements are designed to increase your physical strength, flexibility, deportment, balance and most importantly, co-ordination.
Emotional benefits: Ballet can also help to improve the child’s mental and emotional health. As children’s dance skills begin to improve, they gain a new sense of self-confidence and achievement that is helpful in other areas of their lives.
Educational benefits:Instruction in classical ballet provides students with an all-around education in art, music and performance. Ballet can also serve as the foundation for learning other forms of dance such as jazz, hip-hop or tap.
Social benefits:Ballet is by nature a very social activity that can help young children to develop their social skills. Ballet can help to foster teamwork, communication, trust and cooperation. It can also help children to forge new friendships, overcome shyness in social situations and reduce the fears associated with performing in front of an audience.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job? I find teaching ballet to children to be very rewarding. They’ll make you laugh, cry and will provide a big sense of purpose in your life.
How important is it to have a nice smile in your line of work- modelling and ballet? Having a nice smile is extremely important when entering into the world of modeling as it is the first thing that people look at and it reflects everything about you. A great and warm smile is also an important building block for your relationship with your ballet students. Your face is where children will look for reassurance, comfort, praise and attention.