Interview: Charlie Bruce Q&A

Monday 25 February 2013

Charlie Bruce

Three years ago, at the age of 19, Charlie Bruce won the first series of BBC1’s hit Saturday night show So You Think You Can Dance in 2010. Part of her prize was to go to LA to perform in the American version of the show – and she’s since played the lead role of Baby in the West End production of Dirty Dancing and amongst other things, worked with with Matthew Bourne and the National Youth Ballet. Next month she’ll be appearing at Move it the UK’s biggest dance show at London Olympia…

What are you most looking forward to about Move it?
I’m really keen to see fellow dancers perform and to enjoy the atmosphere of the occasion. I am also looking forward to seeing what’s new in dance merchandise as I am keen to get involved in designing dance wear.

What will you be doing ?
I will be performing a contemporary solo from Flash Mob – the West End dance show that I appeared in at the Peacock Theatre.

What are you most looking forward to about the UK’s biggest dance show?
I’m really keen to see fellow dancers perform and to enjoy the atmosphere of the occasion. I am also looking forward to seeing what’s new in dance merchandise as I am keen to get involved in designing dance wear.

And what are you working on at the moment? I have just recently joined World Dance Management and I’m hopefully joining the European and world tour of their show Flash Mob. My management has also had a couple of offers regarding playing a lead role in pantomime this Christmas – so watch this space!
I’m also working on TV presenting and mentoring dancers – that’s something I really want to do.

Was winning So You Think You Can Dance back in 2010 a big turning point for you?
So You Think You Can Dance 100% changed my life. It definitely opened a lot of doors for me and gave me a platform for my work. It allowed me to dance for millions of viewers and also provided the opportunity for promoters, producers and agents to see me dance.

Did you get recognised in the street and did you mind?
Yes I do get recognised sometimes in the supermarket or in a shop, but it doesn’t bother me. It’s so lovely to know that I have touched people through my dancing. Its wonderful!

Have you kept in touch/worked with any of the other dancers on that first series since?
I have worked with Tommy Franzen on Flash Mob; I also worked with Lizzie Gough when I performed at the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony and also Anabel Kutay in Dirty Dancing back in 2010.

Which dance style do you enjoy the most?
I absolutely love contemporary because I get to express myself through different emotions I’m going through in my life at that time. But commercial jazz is another favourite of mine.

And which was most challenging on So You Think You Can Dance?
I would have to say the most challenging for me was Week 5 – the Quickstep, as I’d never touched on ballroom before. It’s a completely different discipline regarding your posture and the technique with the footwork was completely new to me. I understand more now and have great respect for ballroom dancers.

What would your advice be to young people who’d like to make a career out of dance?
My advice to young people would be to work hard, stay focused and never say you can’t achieve your dreams because it is possible if you just believe in yourself!

What sort of training did you have?
I trained at two fantastic schools – Laine’s Theatre Arts and Arts Ed. Both schools taught me a wide range of dance styles that allowed me to grow as a dancer and make me more versatile as a performer. The more dance styles you can master, then the more options will be available to you for work.

Who have been your dance heroes/role models?
My role models would have to be my mother, grandmother & the phenomenal Drew McOnie.

What’s been the best dance show/musical/film you’ve seen recently?
I fell in love with the film Burlesque with Christina Aguilera starring. I hope that one day they will bring that to the West End!

Move It, 8 – 10 March 2013

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