My Career: Interview with Poppy Barnes

Poppy is one of our wonderful Ballet teachers at The Village School of Dance and last week we took the time to chat to her about her dance career and to find out what advice she has for those who wish to pursue a career in dance.

Q: When did you start dancing?

A: I started dancing at Centre Stage Theatre School in Northumberland when I was 7 years old. Northumberland has limited opportunities for dancers, but I was lucky enough to find a fantastic ballet teacher.


Q: What made you decide you wanted a career in dance?

A: Dancing allowed me to express myself in ways words couldn’t. It is something so magical that anyone can experience! I have always loved performing and the challenge of learning new techniques and styles; but I also love working with people and so teaching dance is rewarding for this reason.


Q: What training did you do and where did you do it?

A: When I was growing up, I studied all the RAD graded and vocational examinations. I did various workshops and summer schools to gain more experience, then in 2016 I moved to London to study at The Royal Academy of Dance. I am continuing my studies this year at Roehampton University to gain an MFA in Dance and Embodied Practice.


Q: What are your favourite things about working in the dance industry?


A: I love meeting people of all ages, from diverse backgrounds, and finding connections through dance. As a teacher, it is so rewarding to see students gain confidence, master a certain step or exercise, or really find a love for this wonderful art form!


Q: What advice would you give for those thinking of working within the dance industry?

A: Make the most of ever opportunity that comes your way! Try different classes in different dance styles, go to the theatre or watch trainings and performances online, read dance magazines… You will learn something new, meet new people, and might even discover a new career path within the dance industry that you didn’t realise existed before!


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