What Stage Plus Means To Me #Rachel
This Weeks Blog Post is from Rachel Baker a Graduate Student who is now studying at Newcastle University.
“When I was growing up the amount of time I spent at Stage Plus, at times, was equal to that I spent at school. Having been there since I was 7 years old many of my best friends were made there, many of which I’m still in contact with today.”
“When I was 12/13 I decided I really wanted to up my game as a dancer, not because I wanted to take it on as a career but simply because I enjoyed it so much. That’s one of my favourite things about Stage Plus, is that you don’t necessarily have to make dance your entire life to be completely inspired by Gemma and her cohort of teachers.
So every Wednesday I would finish school and do 3/4 hours of contemporary, musical theatre and jazz, then on Thursdays 2 hours of ballet. Looking back this seems like a lot, but I enjoyed every minute of it and grew as a dancer every day.”
Every lesson was both valuable in terms of technique but also so so much fun (although some were more productive than others, you’ll know the pictures I mean).
“The shows were always the best part for me though, spending a whole day literally not seeing the sun, but instead being under stage lights performing for an audience, because nothing is better than that feeling.
As you can see from the pictures there are so many fab memories, but a couple of sad ones. I’ll never forget my last show and how much me and Emily cried at the slide show of all our Stage Plus memories. But it was a happy day as well, because it meant we were taking our experiences onto another stage of life.”
“I cannot thank Gemma and all the other teachers I had over the years enough for the things they taught me, as my passion for dance has continued into my University career. I now compete in the advanced tap, contemporary and Jazz teams at my university whilst coaching the beginners jazz and advanced lyrical teams. I have contributed to the winning of 9 trophies for my uni team, and taught people my age and older the pleasure of performing as a dancer (you can see me with some of my students in one of the pictures).”
“So, although dancing won’t be my career, it will always be an important and memorable part of my life. And even though people always question why I spend so much time in the studio, I just tell them if you’d been to a dance school like Stage Plus, you’d understand.”
As 11th June 2017 marks the 10th Anniversary of myself as Owner and Principal of Stage Plus, I wanted to publish a blog post per week talking about what Stage Plus means to people, written by a variety of people including faculty, parents and students, past and present!
If you would like to write a little bit about your time at Stage Plus please email it to me with a photo.