One day in school I received a note that said ballet was within walking distance and we could go for a free lesson. I ran out of school waving the note in the air shouting “Mammy! Mammy! I can go to ballet now! We can walk there, look at this note!” She said, oh that’s great and very close. So we went , I loved it and that was the beginning of one of the most incredible journeys of my life.
As the years went by, I became more and more passionate about ballet. I was dancing almost every day after school.! My mum would walk me to there and stay and watch every class. There were only 2 or 3 mums that did this as they didn’t drive, but my teacher was welcoming and allowed them to stay. I began to really enjoy working hard and succeeding. I remember doing an intensive RAD summer course, which involved dance classes all day, I told my mum I wanted to do this every day. At one point I got 94% , the highest marks in Ireland in one of my RAD exams. Teaching this now I realise what an achievement that actually was.
At age 16 I received a scholarship to attend Central School of Ballet in London, and funding from the Irish Arts council. Although I was heartbroken to move away from my family, I knew it was an opportunity I had to at least try. I moved to London , and I’m still living in London ! I trained with some of the most incredible teachers and mentors and danced professionally with English National Ballet.
This was a dream come true and an invaluable learning curve. I’m so thankful that people believed in me , supported me and gave me an opportunity that changed my life . I’m forever thankful. I couldn’t have done any of this without parents who loved and supported me and gave me the strength and confidence to follow my dreams. Being Irish, we work hard. Keep our heads down and get stuff done. I think that helped too.So what led me to create Regal Ballet ….. honestly I started one class and that’s all I thought it would be. But when something is meant to be , i guess it finds you. Regal Ballet took off!
Within one year I had 100 pupils.
I love seeing children and parents happy. I love seeing people improve. I love seeing people excel and work for what they dream of. Why do I do what I do? Regal Ballet’s purpose is to inspire a love of self improvement through ballet. I constantly see new benefits that I have learnt through ballet, so that’s what I want to teach to others.It is my goal that each child takes something positive from our classes and uses it to help them in life. And when some budding ballerinas aspire to become professional, that’s amazing too.
Everyone has their own journey and goals , and I truly believe ballet instills qualities that can be transferred to anything you want to achieve.
I think it’s very important that ballet is accessible for families. Especially in London where parents have to work exceptionally hard. This is why Regal Ballet has so many venues, offering classes in school really does create opportunity for children that might not otherwise get to try it. I also like parents to watch classes where possible. In some schools we can’t but in our other venues parents are very welcome. Again I know how I would have felt in my teacher told my mum to wait outside ! Having been a professional ballerina , I know what it takes to get there. I have a lot of friends in London who are professional ballerinas and I think it makes sense for children to have access to teachers who are highly skilled in their field. What better way to inspire the younger generation! We are very fortunate to have an incredibly talented team.
So that’s my story of what has led me to this point and what’s at the core of Regal Ballet.