Classes Attends:

When did you start dancing?

I started ballet when I was 3, so 50 years ago now! I did ballet, also jazz and contemporary. I took a contemporary class in York in the late 1980s alongside a brilliant emerging dance star, Michael Clark. I also did a great residential I think in Newcastle under Janet Smith and Robert North, and he paid me a compliment after class which is one of my proudest dance memories. I did jazz at Pineapple too while studying in London. I stopped dancing in my 20s, and took up tap in my late 40s (basically I wanted to avoid floorwork!). I took part in the Tap Dance UK weekend a couple of years ago in Manchester which was amazing!

What is your favourite style of dance and why?

I love many styles of dance! As a recent convert to tap I find the technical aspect of that incredible (but also very challenging). I’m into anything funky too, and would love to do some latin.

Who inspires you to dance and why?

Dance inspirations include the bristling energy of John Travolta, the poise of Fred Astaire, and then for tap Dianne Walker, Gregory Hines, Sarah Reich. Closer to home my daughter Felicity is an excellent tapper and my nephew Bruno is a superstar ballet dancer. Even if improving at this age is a challenge, it’s never too late to get so much joy from dance!

Well Done Julia! 🙂