In a nutshell describe your job and how you got into it
I am a Premier Dancer with the Company and perform in all the productions, touring both the U.K. and abroad. I auditioned by joining in company classes for a few days. On the Friday I was asked to ‘cover’ an injured dancer for 3 months and could I start on Monday. That was in 1996!
Where can you be found when you’re not at Northern Ballet?
Visiting family and friends, on a walk in the countryside or at local markets and health food shops.
Which is your favourite Northern Ballet production and why?
I have lots of favourites but A Midsummer Night’s Dream stands out because of the audience reaction. So many ballets are tragic, but this comedy was a brilliant choice and remembering the audience laughing still brings a smile to my face.
I’m a frustrated…
Animal sanctuary owner
Who would play you in a film of your life?
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
This thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.
What song will always get you dancing?
'Twist and Shout' – The Beatles
What scares you?
Watching the news and low flying pigeons!
What would be your Mastermind specialist subject?
After so many years of touring it would have to be… ‘Bus routes and train timetables of the U.K.’
If you were on a reality TV show which would it be and go on and why?
Location, Location, Location, I love looking around properties and imagining their potential.
What do you want to do before you die?
Volunteer on a wildlife conservation project.
It’s your dream dinner party – which six people (dead or alive) would you invite?
David Attenborough, Dean Martin, Audrey Hepburn, Stephen Fry, Julie Walters and Craig Busch (The Lion Man).
A phrase I use far too much is…
At the end of the day…
Describe yourself in three words?
Compassionate, optimistic and happy.