One year on...

A year to be proud of.

I can hardly believe it has been almost a year since this website went live, I can completely believe that this is only my second blog post! (I’ve never been a fan of writing).

I thought this would be a great opportunity to take a look at the past year, reflect on what I have learned and share with you all a little piece of my journey…Keziah Dance Theatre is coming up to two years old and we have come a long way since a little idea was budding away about setting up a performing arts workshop template.

I have gone from being a scared graduate and 60 hour a week agency support worker to a full time performing arts facilitator. I had wanted to be delivering 50% inclusive work within 5 years, I am already on 70%. It has not been an easy journey, there have been times where I have been bogged under by admin and felt quite lonely as a freelancer with big ideas. I have now found myself firmly set within organisations that have supported my proffessional and personal development and have encouraged me to continue reaching.

My regular classes continue to grow and I feel incredibly fortunate to find myself connecting with so many fantastic individuals on a regular basis. Alongside my weekly sessions, I have some very special moments to look back on from this past year.

The Highlights…

In June last year I finally took my driving test, and passed first time!

Can’t help but “happy dance”

Can’t help but “happy dance”

This opened up a whole new world of independence and allowed me to say ‘Yes’ to many more exciting opportunities.

On the same day I passed my test, i began my work with Inclusion Gloucestershire as a project worker for their drama department. I facilitate their drama group, have gained my ‘Joker Training’ in Forum Theatre from the wonderful Cardboard Citizens team, spent time with Many Minds and have been able to put my film skills to use by writing, directing and editing educational health films that are inclusive, accessible and most importanlty, fun!

Over Summer I was fortunate enough to spend a week at WOMAD festival supporting aerial dance workshops, dressed as an insect and flying around, living my best life. It was brilliant to see how movement could bring people together and encourage participation. I also choreographed a flash mob for Nibley festival with a timber-shivering pirate theme. It was a real success and I have already been booked for next year. it’s going to be bigger. better and even sillier than the last one.

At Christmas, I began a very special job as ‘The Christmas Fairy’ at Prinknash Bird and Deer Park. It was truly Magical.

Merry Christmas dear!

Merry Christmas dear!

I will be returning to Prinknash Easter 2019 for a very curious tea part indeed. Check out the website to book kids in now…

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KDT classes have been steady, since 2019 began, I have seen the classes more than double in size and I have a brilliant group of young people learning with me weekly. It’s a real treat to see them every week and be part of their artistic education. We have a few spaces remaining so please do encourage your friends to check them out.

Goals for the next year…

This year I am looking forward to moving to a new home with my Gav, now that the freelance life is more regular, we can begin planning more for our future.

I want to create some more performance work, whether I will be performing in it or not, I have lots of ideas bubbling away…

I want to use art to explore Mental Health Issues, it’s something I experience myself and I would love to connect with others through movement, film and storytelling.

I hope to bring adult classes to Gloucester, if this is something you would be interested in, please let me know!

Wishing you all the best, thanks for reading!

Freestyle to Freelance…

Freestyle to Freelance…

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