Felicity Chadwick trained with us and is currently preparing for performances as part of Ballet Nights in London. We grabbed her for 5 minutes to hear all about her time at school and what she is performing next, prior to her returning to work with our students in the new academic year...
What was your time at school?
I spent 4 years at LVBS. My time at the school was incredibly special in making me the dancer I am today.
What was your favourite memory of being at school?
My favourite memory was definitely the end of year shows especially the choreography showcase. I loved having the freedom every year to create and perform my own choreography. I addition, I stayed at the school Homestay to which I’ve made friends for life, that are like sisters to me.
"Keep your heart and eyes open to absolutely everything and never put yourself in a box of what you think you can and can’t do."
Tell us a bit about your training after school. What was your training highlight?
After LVBS, I continued my training at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. I had the most incredible journey at the school - great training , ethos and all round education.
What is your favourite work to either watch or perform
My favourite show I have seen is ‘Dance Me’ performed by company Ballet Jazz Montréal, choreographed by Andonis Fonidakis, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa & Ihsan Rustem. I travelled to Montréal last month to train with the company for BJM_360 and was lucky enough to learn rep from this incredible piece.
What advice would you give our current students?
Keep your heart and eyes open to absolutely everything and never put yourself in a box of what you think you can and can’t do. There is so much to learn from others in all styles of dance and it’s so vital to stay passionate and hungry for creativity during training.
Tell us about your career to date
After graduation I’ve started my career in all things dancing, choreography and teaching. I have recently worked with choreographer Stuart Winter for his company Tracing Movement. The piece ‘DWWUFWT’, brought together 8 queer dancers to create a contemporary ballet performed at the Ugly Duck. I am part of the faculty at Laine Theatre Arts College, teaching contemporary to all the talented students. I also performed in the West End production of ‘The Snowman’ last Christmas.
Where are you currently dancing and are you enjoying life as a professional?
Currently I am preparing to join the cast of Ballet Nights performing a piece called ‘324a’, choreographed by Royal Ballet First Artist, Joshua Junker. I'll continue freelancing and teaching, hopefully choreographing on even more dancers in the future. I also have plans on supporting the LGBTQ+ youth in the arts and creating safe spaces for young queer creatives.