Age 34, from Worcester
Back in 2012 I had a bit of time on my hands and so I decided to do some volunteering. I was matched with Dancefest and went along to help out, firstly at an Urban Boys street dance class. I had been dancing socially for years so it felt quite natural for me – I was the extra pair of eyes in the room, helping out the teacher. Before I knew it I was assisting with three classes a week!
I joined Fusion performance group (now DFY) a few months later - technically just a community group but in reality we’ve had some amazing platforms – I’ve performed in Symphony Hall in Birmingham and we’ve worked with Tate on their Artist’s Rooms project with Worcester Art Gallery.
Obviously I have a busy life outside of Dancefest, but I make the time for volunteering and classes. Since joining Dancefest, dance has become a creative outlet, not just exercise. It’s really nourishing. Everyone has to have something important in their life and for me, it’s dance!
Dancefest have opened up new horizons for me and I’ve since gone on to dance with other companies: I performed with Everybody Dance at the opening ceremony of the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships and I’ve even learned how to do aerial hoop work with Rogueplay!