Daisy’s Story

Daisy started primary ballet just before her third birthday taking a half an hour class a week with a local dance school. She did this for three years and eventually took her first RAD ballet exam at age 6 years.

She spent the next four years learning ISTD syllabus tap, modern and jazz and RAD syllabus ballet at a local dance school and also undertook dance and performing arts training at various other places including SIMADS (Annie), English Youth Ballet at Norwich and Nottingham. By age 10 she obtained five further merits and six distinctions in grade 1, 2 & 3 ballet, primary and grade 1 tap, grades 1,2 & 3 modern, and bronze jazz.

At age 10 she started pointework and soon after moved her local dance school and syllabus training to LL Dance and Performing Arts and B.R. Dance but continued to take drop in classes elsewhere including Pineapple Dance Studios.

Daisy auditioned successfully for Dance East CAT Scheme (Centre of Advanced Training) starting at age 11 in September 2016 and also joined Ryan Jenkins’ ID Dance Company based in London.

In November 2016, and as a result of some poor and unpleasant experiences with local dance teachers that she decided to set up 2020 Dance Club. Her thinking at the time was to do something that was more beneficial, inclusive and fun for dancers. (rather than spending a lot of her time and money winning novice trophies for a local dance school to put on their shelves!). She also felt very strongly about creating a dance environment where the dancers where in control rather than being vulnerable to the behaviour of controlling or abusive dance teachers! She decided that she and the other dancers would decide who they would employ to teach them.

By at 12, two years later, she obtained ten further exam successes with six Distinctions and four Merits in grades Intermediate Foundation and grade 4 & 6 ballet (missing out grade 5 but obtaining a very high distinction at grade 6 after one only terms training), grades 4 & 5 tap, and grades 4, 5 & 6 modern, silver and gold jazz. She also competed and won her category at advanced level at Starpower London in May 2016 for hip hop and lyrical. She led her 2020 Dance Club to achieve lots of other successes and placements with Novice Dances including Queens Speech, Desperate Waters, and Shantay You Stay. See our results page for further info.

In November 2016 Her dance club won the “Contemporary Cup” at Huntingdonshire Festival of Dance with Daisy’s Choreography “Desperate Waters”

She has had the opportunity to train and perform with English Youth Ballet again as part of the Senior Corps Ballet and at 13 she obtained a distinction in Grade 6 modern and is currently awaiting results of her RAD Grade 7 and 8 ballet exams taken in November 2017.

Daisy no longer trains with ID Dance company and trains instead with Brendan Hansford’s youth company (Love Rudeye) in London every week. Daisy will be taking her Intermediate Ballet, Intermediate Tap and Intermediate Modern in the first term of 2018 and continues to work at Advanced levels for ballet, modern and tap.

Throughout her training she has experienced some wonderful teachers and made some wonderful friends and she would like to thank them very much for the contribution they have made to her Dance training namely: Beth and Laura Hodson, Ryan Jenkins, Dance East, Brendan Hansford, Lara May, and Jasmin Brennan.

She is looking forward to choreographing and competing with 2020 Dance Club and is particularly excited to host the Remembrance Dance Gala in November 2018.