My background is firmly rooted in Classical Ballet beginning to train aged three in Scotland, where I quickly gained coveted places on both the AIYF Dance School and Ballet West’s Intensive courses. I was also a member of Ballet West’s Associate Programme which gave me access to additional training in Glasgow at Scottish Ballet’s studios. These programmes enabled me to receive tuition from a vast array of highly esteemed teachers, including ballet tuition with Kenn Burke, Noriko Ohara and Penny Withers, who first introduced me to Gyrotonic exercise as a means of body balancing.
As well as Classical Ballet, I also studied Jazz and Street dance with Jordi Guitart and contemporary dance with Julian Moss. Through this exposure I was able to progress quickly, both musically and technically, and was awarded a Scholarship to study full time at Ballet West, in North-West Scotland. During my time at the school however, intensive work on pointe highlighted extreme hypermobility in both my ankles, for which I received intensive Pilates based physiotherapy.
Pilates became a way of life around my dance training, helping me to control and prevent injuries and avoid surgery which I was told to expect. The hypermobility in my ankles did however prove too dangerous to continue training and I took the difficult decision to leave, subsequently moving to London to study a BA in Textile Design at Chelsea School of Art. Upon graduating I rekindled my passion for dance and movement, training in Pilates Matwork and Supple Strength.