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60 seconds with... Dreda Blow

In a nutshell describe your job and how you got into it

Well, after training for many years, first in Toronto at the National Ballet School, then later in The Hague at Koninklijk Conservatorium, I landed my first job with Het Nationale. Although I learned a great deal and performed some great work during the two and a half years I spent there, I felt a strong pull towards Northern Ballet and was excited by the innovative narrative repertoire. 5 years later I’m still here and grateful for the wonderful opportunities I've been given and enjoying the ride!

Where can you be found when you’re not at Northern Ballet?

With my lovely boyfriend Bruno, visiting our favourite places in Yorkshire such as Saltaire, Hebden Bridge and Knaresborough or sipping lattes in Laynes Espresso – our favourite café in Leeds.

Which is your favourite Northern Ballet production and why?

That’s a very tough question! One of my favourites would have to be Hamlet – it is such a powerful piece and exemplary of what makes this company unique. Performing Ophelia last year was one of the most gratifying experiences of my career so far.

I’m a frustrated…

Screenplay writer.

Who would play you in a film of your life?

Natalie Wood (if it were 50 years ago!)

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

"Dreda, don't be sad. It doesn't suit you."

What song will always get you dancing?

Dancing Queen by Abba (I know it’s cheesy, but it’s true!)

What scares you?

The woods at night, bears and bad turbulence on airplanes.

What would be your Mastermind specialist subject?

1950s American cinema.

If you were on a reality TV show which would it be and go on and why?

Next Great Artist – not because I'm particularly good at art, but I love the show!

What do you want to do before you die?

Travel the whole world.

It’s your dream dinner party – which six people (dead or alive) would you invite?

  • James Stewart
  • Billie Holiday
  • Gene Kelly
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • John Lennon
  • William Shakespeare

A phrase I use far too much is…

"You’re invalidating my feelings!"

Describe yourself in three words?

  • Enthusuastic
  • Talkative
  • Scattered
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