Dance ca­reer closer for teen

Rossendale Free Press - - Nostalgia -

A DANCE ca­reer could be a step closer for a teenager as he awaits an au­di­tion with a pres­ti­gious dance school.

Jay­dan Han­son-Beech, from Bacup, has been danc­ing since the age of four when he first tried street dance at the town’s Dansworks Dance Academy.

He re­cently at­tended an open day at the North­ern Bal­let School in Manch­ester and was one of only three boys com­pared to 15 girls.

The 15-year-old said: ““I started danc­ing just to give me some­thing to do and then I started do­ing mu­si­cal theatre. I got more into theatre style dance and I pro­gressed into street tap, then tap and bal­let, jazz, mu­si­cal theatre and con­tem­po­rary. I like bal­let and con­tem­po­rary the most be­cause they are more ex­pres­sive forms of dance where you can show how you feel with your moves.

“With your fa­cial ex­pres­sions you can show the mood of the whole dance and link to your au­di­ence.

“When I first took up danc­ing it was just for some­thing to do, then it be­came more of a life­style choice and now, I hope, ul­ti­mately my fu­ture ca­reer.”

The Whit­worth Com­mu­nity High School pupil land a place with ●● Whit­worth Com­mu­nity High School dancers Jay­dan Han­son-Beech and Jas­mine Somer­will per­form a duet at the Rossendale Busi­ness Awards the Re­gional Youth Bal­let’s tour­ing com­pany pro­duc­tion in 2016 and hopes to be ac­cepted on a dance diploma at North­ern Bal­let School.

For the first year he will study a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent dance genre and then, in the se­cond year, will se­lect a dance style to spe­cialise in.

He is an avid fan of the X Fac­tor, but spends more time watch­ing the dancers that ac­com­pany the singer, rather than the main con­tender.

How­ever Jay­dan doesn’t dream of the lime­light and the lead­ing role, in­stead pre­fer­ring to play a sup­port­ing role be­hind an artiste il­lus­trat­ing their song through dance ei­ther on stage or in a video.

He said: “My par­ents Donna Han­son and Si­mon Beech are very proud and they are try­ing to push me on with my dreams.

“They keep telling me to just work hard in school and keep on push­ing to make my dreams come true.

“For me dance is a way to get away from the re­al­ity of the whole world.

“When I am on stage danc­ing I for­get about ev­ery­thing that is go­ing on and just think about the joy of the dance and how it makes me feel to be on stage per­form­ing.”

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