Hi there! My name is Katie but I am known to most as T-Love, I’m from Surrey and am an absolute sucker for dance! I have wanted to blog about my experiences within the dance industry for quite some time now and have found that this is absolutely the right time to start.
Having finished by degree in Dance at the University of Chichester and embarking on an internship role within the MOVE IT team, as a Programming Assistant, what better way to step into the dance world than starting my own blog?
As a dancer I wouldn’t say I have a particular style that I excel in, I have trained in a variety of styles over the years just like most dancers, however, since graduating I have never seen myself as a professional performer. Ever since I was little I can remember watching the backing dancers on Top of the Pops and recording music videos on my VHS recorder to learn the routines in my living room from 90’s pop stars such as N*Sync, Britney and The Spice Girls. My dream as a kid was to be a ‘backing dancer’.
After helping out back stage at some dance shows and events, signing up for numerous dance agencies and attending a few casting auditions that dream became a reality. Whether you want to call the roles I gained as a featured artist, background artist or just as a plain old extra- I got there in the end and I’m happy with my achievements (especially for someone who didn’t attend a vocational school and has no experience when it comes to singing or acting) I can now proudly say I have worked and danced in music videos for the likes of One Direction, The Saturdays, Lawson and Pixie Lott. Alongside dancing as an ‘extra’ in Streetdance 3D The Movie, the Inbetweeners and Streetdance 2 3D. Whilst having involvement within the dancing industry I’ve found Over the past few years that I have always been a huge networker and I strongly believe networking is the key to all forms of research within the dance world.
Landing these ‘extra’ roles sparked my dissertation topic ‘exploring the differences between the foundations of hip-hop dance and televised commercial street dance’. Which I will explain in further detail a little later on. Since the start of my dissertation research I have found that everything I have experienced within the dance world has come around full circle and somehow relates back to the wonderful dance event that is MOVE IT.
For those of you who do not know, MOVE IT is the UK’s biggest dance event that takes place over three days in March at Olympia, London with over 20,000 dance enthusiasts and 200 exhibitors taking part. You can find more information on http://www.moveitdance.co.uk
As a programming assistant for MOVE IT I felt writing a blog may become useful to those non-performers within the dance world that have a passion for PR, celebrity management, working on dance events or have come out of education and want to gain further insight into what it is like to intern. I’m hoping to blog at least once per week and relate each blog back to MOVE IT 🙂
Thanks for reading!