Are you currently working as a professional freelance dancer? Or do you hope to one day become a professional dancer? Is dance your passion?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then I want to hear from you.
This blog that is aimed to inspire, motivate and support professional dancers at whatever stage they are at on their journey.
After I dropped out of Dance College, walked away from my life of auditioning and moved home from London vowing never to become a professional dancer I thought I had closed the door on dance forever.
I was wrong!
It wasn’t long before I was drawn back in and opened my own dance school with a focus on performance and taking the stress out of dance and putting the fun back in. After 8 years my school turned into a company as the demand for hiring professional dancers for events took over the demand for dance classes and Darley Dance opened its door.
That was at the end of 2008 and since then my dance teams have performed at events all over the country from roadside at the London Marathon to rink side at the ice hockey play offs. We’ve performed at corporate events, private parties, formal balls and charity events. We’ve danced with Elvis, Santa, Olaf and Clangus both in feathers and with pom poms. From Gatsby to Bond, on muddy pitches and on red carpets, in the coldest weather and on the hottest days! It’s been, and will continue to be, an incredible experience!
Over the years I have worked with so many dancers and I am often asked the same questions. Not questions about the dance moves or the choreography but questions about the industry.
How did my CV compare to others?
Do you think my headshot is ok?
Where would I look to find other companies like yours to work for?
What should I wear to this audition?
What should I dance at that audition?
How do I invoice you?
I began to realise that most dancers are beautifully trained and put the hours in on their form and technique but then struggle when it comes to the business of professional dancing. I then realised that this might be why I abandoned it years before. I was confused about how to find my way through the industry and intimidated by what was out there.
I want to help dancers!
I want to answer every question I can and share my experiences from the point of view of someone hiring dancers and not as a dancer being hired.
I also want to create a platform where dancers can come and feel like they are being supported and not judged and where they can ask the awkward questions. If I can’t answer your questions that I will do my best to find someone who can!
Not only that but I would like to encourage dancers to share their stories too! If you’ve been in the industry a long time and think you have some gems to share then please feel free to get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know! We have all kinds of opportunities for dancers to share their stories from our podcast (to be released soon) to our online videos and guest vlogs!
Be sure to have a browse through our website now and take a look at everything we have on offer for dancers.
If you have any questions at all that you think I can help with and would like answered then please get in touch.
You can also follow us on Instagram @darleydance where I will be sharing some of my favourite pics of me and my dancers from years of events.
We will be launching a podcast very soon so be sure to stay updated here.
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Lastly I would like to give you all a huge high five! Working as a professional dancer is hard work and following your dreams is never easy! Keep up the awesome work.