There’s no business like show business

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There’s no business like show business

I feel like I could talk about my life as a dancer for hours. I’ve been super lucky to have worked as a dancer for around 14 years (badly showing my age here). I have travelled the world, met my husband and made some lifelong friends along the way. It’s been a crazy, emotional, thrilling, tiring, draining and skint journey but I have loved every second of it. I’m going to try and share some of the ups and downs of my career as I feel like it’s coming to a natural end now due to me nearly being grown up and having responsibilities (house, husband and cat!).

Dancing was my life as a kid. I went to dance class for 6 hours of a Saturday and also went on a Thursday evening. I loved it. Loved the dance friends I had, loved my dancing school, loved some of my teachers. It was my safe place. I always knew after school that I would progress into Dance College to study even further in dance, it was the natural progression that would happen. I had my heart set on becoming a professional dancer and nothing was going to stop me. I lived and breathed dance. I literally could not get enough.

Graduation, I look shattered as on the day of graduating I had 2 teaching exmas!

I was lucky enough to head into work a couple of months after graduating. My first couple of jobs were a massive eye opener. Luckily I was quite streetwise and didn’t take any shit, but it didn’t stop people trying it on. I’ve had everything from breaking into a safe to retrieve my passport to being offered more money for doing “private dances”. Needless to say I was straight at the airport and on a plane home!

Along with the shit jobs come the great jobs. I look at my job on my first cruise ship as one of the best contracts of my life. The team I worked with on the Funchal were the best team I have ever worked with. I remember when the contract was over I cried at the thought of not working with them again! The laughs we had were amazing and this was where I met my husband as well! I’m still in touch with people from that ship 13 years on. One of the most amazing times of my life.

Me and my boy back on our first ship, Funchal in 2004.

I’ve definitely had a varied career. I’ve worked in a travelling circus in Spain; living in a caravan that was built in 1914. We literally toured around Spain, I learnt how to pack down a caravan for movement, how to connect water and electricity to a caravan, how to survive without an oven for 10 months, showering in a freezing cold shower in the back of a lorry and being best friends with Spanish, Russian and Bulgarians for 10 months without speaking the same language. It was one of the craziest, fun and rage-inducing contracts I have ever done, but I loved it.

I have literally moved country for my job. Most dancers will go off on contracts for 6 to 9 months and then return home and have a little break, audition and head back out to wherever. Me, no I like to move countries. Yes we actually packed up our rented flat, sold our car, put our life into storage and headed out to Cyprus where we lived for 2 years, producing shows and performing for holiday makers. We even got married out there. We were going to make a life out there for ourselves but we had to return home to Blighty when we realised we weren’t ever going to see our wages.

Yes, that happens, A LOT.

It’s a bitch to not get paid. What other profession would accept that? Crazy. I’m so glad we did come back though because we’ve spent the past 3 years touring the UK with our show which has enabled us to buy our little home. After all the moving around it’s so nice to have a place we can finally call home and not sleep in bunk beds! #shiplife

After all the travelling, touring and cruising I have now settled back in the UK and dancing part time. I feel like my dancing career is coming to a natural end, and you know what? I’m ok with that. It’s been a blast but no one wants to see a 40 year old dancer onstage (I’m not that old, yet!). I haven’t mentioned any of the things I wanted to, there are far too many stories but here are some pics to have a laugh at.





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