I began my dancing journey at the age of 5 at Chester’s School of Dance, Fleetwood Lancashire, under Principal Hazel Neilson who was a highly regarded and experienced dancer and teacher. I regularly attended tutorial classes in Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz gaining many high-grade exams under her tutelage.
Hazel had a profound influence on my early years as a young dancer. She was a perfectionist and much of her influence has rubbed off on me which I found particularly helpful as I embarked on a professional career as a dancer myself.
Many top TV acts at the time started their careers as a Butlin’s Redcoat, so at just 16 I decided to begin there. It was such an enjoyable experience and the social side, meeting and interacting with guests was also appealing.
After performing in pantomime and by the age of 18 I had my first overseas contract in Japan dancing in cabaret shows and a year later my career changed course as I won regular contracts aboard cruise ships performing and choreographing routines.
After several years of professional performing, I settled back in the UK with my husband Paul and a short while later my son Ryan and daughter Danielle were born. I spent their early years outside of the dance world but it was always in my mind that at some point in the future I would re-visit in some form or other. It was only natural that my path would change as my hunger to be involved with dance grew as it had been a huge part of my life previously.
As soon as Danielle was old enough I began to look in the local area for a reputable dance school and was introduced to Jacqueline Loats at Arabesque Dance Academy. It was here that my urge to be involved in my lifelong passion became ignited and I started my professional training to become a teacher. The encouragement, support, and guidance I received was second to none and continues to the present day. I was encouraged to develop my skills by Arabesque and ABD and through their continued support I was able to achieve examiner and adjudicator status and represent ABD at the annual TDCI meetings.
ABD has become a leading association that has surpassed all standards amongst dance associations nationally and I am tremendously proud to say that I am a small part of the family.