Welcome to The Dance Disciple!
I created this blog purely because I love the whole concept of dance. I mean literally everything about it, whether that’s performing, teaching, choreographing or spectating. I dedicated a good 12 years of my life to it, doing exams, competitions, shows, the lot. Ballet, tap, modern, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, street, commercial, even folk dancing, you name it, I did it. And don’t get me wrong, it came with a lot of tears (not just from me but also from my poor mum who became a full time taxi driver, seamstress, hair stylist, make up artist etc etc). But, as any dancer will tell you, it its all worth it once you step out on that stage- and no that’s not just an awful cliche that exists in a well documented history of dance movies.
For one reason or another, fate/ a horrific career-ending hockey injury prevented me from pursuing my dancing any further. But that passion for dance doesn’t just *puff* disappear. To bring you up to speed, I am now a freelance journalist studying a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism at Cardiff University. Writing, scripting, presenting, interviewing, editing and producing is where my inspiration lies. And, if you think about it, the jeopardy and thrill of presenting a news bulletin to a television or radio audience is not all that different from performing in front of a theatre of people. My goals have changed, but that little 8 year old ballerina inside me remains (see picture- *cough* holding the violin). So the aim of this blog is to bring together dance lovers from all over the place and please, feel free to disagree with anything I say. Comment on my articles and get involved in the discussions, challenges, hurdles, ethics, politics that all surround the dancing world because I assure you, its a lot deeper than ballet buns and jazz hands.
Laura Kenyon, The Dance Disciple