September 15, 2019

Growing up some people knew me as a dancer before they even knew my name.

My childhood memories are filled with hours worth of making up dance routines in my garden and recreating music videos. Despite academic dance training not being accessible to me I would dance any...

September 1, 2019

Dance is my safe place. I still have a long way to go but it gets me through life much easier. I am very thankful for Charlie giving me the option to write about my dance experiences through her BA Blogs.

Within my childhood days, growing up in Cleckheaton (near Leeds)...

August 1, 2019

I introduced my very first blog by discussing the ways in which dance will always manage to move me. It does indeed still move me, and has moved me through the hardest moments of my life so far since that very first blog. I’ve been grieving, heartbroken, lost, jobless,...

July 1, 2019

To celebrate a whole year in business, we had our very first B.A Battle and Jam!The very word ‘battle’ evokes fear in many dancers despite it’s centrality to Street dance culture. For me, there are a few reasons for this. One being an overall confidence issue with free...

June 1, 2019

People rarely move together anymore, and it really, really bothers me.

Dance used to be a focal social activity in the generations that have come before mine. Many of our grandparents will have met on the dance floor.

Among this dancing, were incredible inter generationa...

May 1, 2019

I’ve come to learn that there is a difference between solitude and loneliness. We can be alone and feel content and in the same respect, we can be surrounded by people and still feel alone. Loneliness does not discriminate, nor does it take your personality into accoun...

April 1, 2019

In Memory of Jack ‘Sexy Beast’ Saunders

‘The Nature of Negativity’

On the 17th of March 2019, I took a hit, as did my UEL family, the dance community and so many others.  We lost Jack Saunders.

For me, it was a suppression of negativity that took Jack from us.

In light of...

March 1, 2019

‘It takes an athlete to dance but an artist to be a dancer’

The Paris 2024 Olympics have been a talking point for dancers over the past couple of weeks as Breaking endured its consideration to become a sport within the games. Opinions have varied, and sparks have flown,...

February 1, 2019

‘Nobody don’t dance no more – Kano’

Working with older adults has shown me many voids in contemporary society. However, one that is particularly apparent for me is the reduction we’ve seen, over time, in people socially dancing together.

My older participants have such a...

January 1, 2019

‘Some days I am more wolf than woman and I’m still learning how to stop apologising for my wild’

I don’t indulge in the whole ‘new year, new me’ thing but I do think the start of a new year is a great opportunity to reflect on what has happened, what is to come, and who...

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