Milton Keynes

Ashleigh James.


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Harris and Hoole, 135 St.Margarets Rd, Twickenham, TW1 1RG [see map]



19:30 – 20:30



BalletBums Locations Milton Keynes Ashleigh James

I began dancing at my local dance school when I was 4, and began competing in festivals almost every weekend from the age of 5. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a professional dancer and that it was always going to be a part of my life in some way so at the age of 16 I studied for a BTEC in performing arts at my local college and then at 18 was accepted at Margaret Howard Theatre College to study full time in musical theatre & dance training. I also studied for my FDI teaching qualifications whilst there to be qualified to teach ballet, tap & modern.

I got my first job immediately upon leaving college at 21 as a dancer for a show touring hotels in Mallorca and managed to finally make my dream come true of becoming a full time dancer as a career!
I was lucky enough over the next few years to travel for work on some exciting contracts as a dancer and singer across Spain, Greece, and Singapore – even running away with a circus in Barcelona.
Coming back to London to settle at the end of 2009 I then became a founding member of a brand new cabaret company called Cabaret Rouge which 10 years later is flourishing globally in the industry with incredible work including TV & film appearances, and I am proud to say I am still involved with.

In the more recent years I have now found a new avenue for my dance passion in the Latin world and am now involved in the UK Salsa & Bachata scene with my boyfriend & dance partner. We teach classes in the “Bachata Sensual” style in Milton Keynes and in my spare time you will most likely find me on the dance floor at one of the many weekend congresses & social dancing events around the country.

My first love has always been Ballet however, so even though my career has taken me down some other paths and a variety of styles of dance, Ballet Bums is a great chance for me to come back to my roots and train my body in a fun way that benefits all the other styles I dance as well. They say Ballet is the foundation for all other styles and I couldn’t agree more!

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— Anne

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