I am a native of Salisbury with an inherited love of Dance and Theatre – my mother owned a local ballet school. I trained at the London College of Dance and Drama, Dartford College and Goldsmith’s College University of London. I have taught English, Dance and Drama around the UK and in RAF Germany before returning to Salisbury to teach and bring up a family. I have only recently joined DANCE SIX-0 and am relishing rekindling my ‘Spirit of the Dance’.
Dancing has always made me happy! Happiness is dance! Whether it has been through my study of dance and drama through to dancing over many years on the podium in Ibiza-it still gives me a great buzz and all worries and stress are monetarily pushed aside whilst i loose myself in the dance moves and engage with the music. I am elated in being part of the company in Dance Six 0 where the members are so welcoming and the dance is fun.
I have always wanted to dance. As a little girl my ambition was to learn how to dance. I would dance around the house. I wanted to learn how to dance ballet. Unfortunately, the cost for the classes was just too much for my parents to find, so I had to just dream. Imagine my surprise when, at the grand age of 32, I went to my first ballet class. Also, Imagine my dismay when I looked in the mirror and discovered I looked like a duck. This has never changed. I am now twice that age and so I probably look like a very old duck. Sorry for that! I am now at the point when I can launch myself on the unsuspecting audiences.
DANCE SIX-0 Christmas Sharing
Join us for an afternoon of contemporary dance accompanied by refreshments and a raffle!
There will be informal performances from DANCE SIX-0 and their open class members sharing works in progress.
Tickets available on the door or email Meg on firstname.lastname@example.org
2-4pm Wednesday 12 December
Salisbury Playhouse Rehearsal Room
I started dancing as a child when I lived in Australia over 60 years ago. Friendships were made and continue to this day. At 15 years old, I was invited to join the local athletics club but decided to concentrate on my dancing. I have never had any regrets with this decision. I am now a very proud great grandmother and joy of joys still dancing! Reading a piece in the Salisbury Journal, inviting men and women over 60 to attend a workshop/audition for DANCE SIX-O Performance Group. I immediately booked myself in to attend. Joining this group has been very fulfilling for both body and soul! I look forward with great anticipation to the future performing with this wonderful, friendly, innovative group!
I have been mad about dancing since seeing Gum Boot dancing on the mines in Johannesburg while growing up. When coming to London in the ‘70s I was lucky to get tickets ‘on the night’ to a great deal of dance but not until joining DANCE SIX-O have I been able to spin around myself. It’s the movement that has always given me a kick, from micro scooters, surfing, cycling etc.
I trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in the 1970’s and although a drama student, I took full advantage of all the opportunities to see as many dance shows as I could, particularly at Sadler’s Wells. I discovered contemporary dance and its creative freedom.
As a drama teacher, performer and lecturer for over thirty years, I always found an affinity working with dance practitioners on collaborative dance and drama projects. Retired from teaching, I now run Stagecoach Performing Arts in Poole, supporting emerging talents in dance, drama and singing. With more time for the things I want to do – instead of the things I have to do- I’m able to pursue my creativity and fitness via DANCE SIX-O, choir at University of Southampton and yoga classes in my home town, Winchester.
In my sixties, it’s a delight to be able to participate in contemporary dance, exhilarated by its freedom and abstract nature. I’m still performing with Gaudy Bunting, the theatre company I co-founded in 2012. This is another creative outlet.
As a child I took ballet and tap lessons until the age of eleven when I became interested in drama.
Whilst deciding I wanted to train to become a primary school teacher was an easy option, harder decisions had to be made on main subject choices. I opted to study dance at Crewe and Alsager College and there, I began to appreciate that dance is much more than pointed toes! Dance, for me, became the expression of all that the heart can feel, its passions and pangs, it’s moods and aspirations. After college, marriage, children and family commitments alongside a fulfilling teaching career, filled the days. Living near to Manchester I was able to continue to enjoy the richness of theatre, concerts and dance.
And now well into retirement I once again have the wonderful opportunity to express myself creatively through Dance Six-O. The physical, emotional and social benefits of dance are well documented but for me it is the sheer delight in moving creatively and expressively with others that remains my driving force.
I first fell in love with dance when, at aged 3, I was taken to see the Bolshoi film of Swan Lake. That was it – I was hooked. I started ballet then and decided that would be my life. Unfortunately, my parents didn’t agree!! So this is a dream come true, to be part of a dance company now. I feel privileged and extremely lucky and I’m loving every minute of it. Thank you DANCE SIX-O
I started dancing classes aged six. Later I specialised in Greek and character dance and continued until I left for college aged nineteen. At Birmingham University I danced with a group performing 18th/19th century dances in village halls.
Moving to Salisbury I joined contemporary dance classes at the Arts Centre and, on retiring, attended as many dance classes as I could find; including tap, Spanish and African, and have seen dance performances in Salisbury, Southampton, Bath, London, Exeter and elsewhere.
In 2014 interested members of Mind the Gap, our acting group for over sixties, were taken to see a performance by The Company of Elders at Sadlers Wells. The Elixir programme there looked so exciting I attended the whole weekend of performances, and workshops on choreographing older people. The slow and graceful movements of groups and individuals inspired me to join with Meg and then Philippa to form such a group for over sixties in Salisbury.