Dance tutor Bridget Fiske: ‘Witnessing discovery and growth is the best part of my job’
How did you start off in dance?
My desire to dance has always been strong. I went to classes at a local studio in Victoria, Australia where I grew up and my family supported my passion immensely. I studied a BA (hons) dance course at Queensland University of Technology. It was through building networks and relationships, creating my own work, auditioning and taking on various teaching, performing and dance development roles that I built my career.
What is the best piece of advice you have for students today?
Develop the ability to connect physically, emotionally and mentally. This will support you in the moments that you feel vulnerable and will help you find clarity.
What would you change about UK training?
I would love to see two things instilled: the needs of the individual to be identified and supported, and the student to be encouraged to become the artist they want to be.
What is the best part of your job?
Witnessing discovery and growth, and the simplicity of sharing with others how fantastic, meaningful and empowering dance is.
And your least favourite?
I am very fortunate that even the challenging moments lead to something important or meaningful, however big or small.
Who should students look up to?
Rather than list names I would list qualities. I think about the practitioners who discovered and were able to express why they do what they do, contribute to change and seek honesty and authenticity. I would include those who take risks creatively and desire and work towards a deep understanding of their craft.
What is the one skill that every successful theatre/dance professional should have?
To be able to define what success is for themselves and therefore be their own measure, and to couple this with work that involves kindness for self and others.
Bridget Fiske is a dance tutor at the Lowry Centre for Advanced Training. She is also a freelance and independent choreographer, movement director, rehearsal director, performer, facilitator and producer. She was talking to John Byrne
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