Erina Foley, our current Select number 1 has been thinking about going to train professionally for a while now. In need of a bit of reassurance, Erina asked my advice in February when we were in rehearsals for our London performance with Pro-Exel. These 4 days of intensive rehearsals gave Erina an idea of what it is like to train all day and gave Erina the inspiration and realisation that this is something she doesn't want to put off any longer and it might not be something in the distant future, but something she could go for now! I couldn't have encouraged her more as I knew she was ready.
When Erina came in to tell me she had contacted Dance Studio Scotland and got herself an audition, I couldn't have been more excited. I had a really great feeling about this and I wanted to be there with her to experience her first time at the campus - my old stomping ground.
So audition day arrived and off we went to Glasgow. Arriving early enough to grab some lunch and have a look around, I was absolutely loving Erina's reaction to being at the college that I trained at myself. She noted what a lovely feel there is at Anniesland campus and how gorgeous it is.
Seeing my old lecturers was overwhelming and a very proud moment as I was now there with a dancer that I trained to come through their doors. As my jazz teacher told me - full circle!
Now that I had done everything I could do, filled Erina with every possible word of advice, she was ready and it was down to her to do an amazing audition. 3 and a half painful hours of clockwatching later, my former head lecturer spotted me, asked me which one was mine and was able to tell me that Erina had gotten a place on year 2 of the Dance Artist course!! What an absolute credit she was to me. I could not have been more proud and couldn't wait to see her come out of the studio to give her a massive cuddle!
Although sad to be losing her this year, I know she is going to gain the best dance training in Scotland which will put her in great stead for any dance career she could wish for.
Well done, Erina. Super proud!