Little did I know that attending Monica’s adult ballet classes would change my life and give me a new career – so beware! Although a little apprehensive about starting ballet again, I was made to feel very welcome and Monica’s ability to assess each adult’s ability and translate seemingly complex steps into something we could all achieve, meant we could all progress at our own rate.
We all were able to perform in her ballet shows on the Hexagon stage which was a fantastic experience. It wasn’t long before she encouraged me to take my senior ballet exam and suddenly, in my 50s I was back on pointe. The next thing I knew, I was being asked to teach. I had recently retired from a professional career and was looking forward to a life of leisure. But Monica had other ideas and recognised, quite rightly, that I needed a new challenge. So with her encouragement and support I retrained with the Royal Academy of Dance and I am now one of her qualified RAD teachers – and I love it.
Thanks to Monica, my childhood passion for dance has been given new life, for which I am very grateful