Several of you might well know that I used to be a teacher firstly in Secondary Schools and then in a 6th Form College. I made a hard decision a few years ago to leave it all behind. I was stressed, unhappy and living from one day to the next dreading Mondays.
This has given me so many great opportunities that in a previous life I would have been unable to have taken up. Last month I was approached by my lovely friend Joo-lee at Lindy Jazz. I would describe Lindy Jazz as my second home and dance family. When I was first learning if I was able to I’d make the trip up to Chester-le-Street from Darlington and like all Swing Classes I’ve been to, made me feel welcome. I have learnt lots from Joo-lee and Andy, and I give them my support whenever I’m able. Anyhow, Joo-lee offered me a fantastic opportunity to dance for the BBC. Martin Parr has been commisioned to produce a series of indents that reflect the diverse communities across the united kingdom and he wanted Lindy Jazz to be involved.
It was a magical day, dancing with friends in Crook. The morning was taken over with hair and makeup and then finally in the afternoon, it was shooting time. I am so proud to have been involved and proud of my fellow dancers.
Have you managed to see it yet? I’ve been told to look out for it when Strictly it aired.