In the run up to the next stage in youth performance project Dancing Parallel, Felicity Turnbull, Aberdeen Participant, takes a look back at the first week of the project in July.
The week in Aberdeen was amazing. I was thrilled and very pleased to be involved in this experience. The opportunity to dance with Scottish Ballet, English National Ballet, National Dance Company Wales, the parkour teacher and other young talented dancers from across the UK was very exciting.
I was getting nervous about all these silly little things like how difficult it was going to be, would I be able to keep up or would I slow the other dancers down, would we all get along and what would happen, but when I got there I immediately started to relax. At first, it was obvious who the dancers from London and Aberdeen were, but that didn’t last long at all. When we all got started, I felt a lot more comfortable and confident, and this was nice because when I dance, I am normally really self conscious. I think I might have felt more comfortable because of the atmosphere that was created; it was exciting and calming at the same time, and made you want to try hard and have fun.
All the teachers were lovely. The Scottish Ballet, National English Ballet and parkour coaches were more like friends who helped you to improve your dancing and choreography skills. I liked that. We all had a good laugh and got on really well, and we also got a lot of successful dancing done. I know that I have made some very good friends.
My favourite part is hard to say because the whole of the week in Aberdeen was wonderful. I liked meeting everyone and making new friends. The trust games were fun because even though you didn’t know the people very well you had to really trust them. I think this helped in making everyone become better friends. I loved getting to dance and choreograph pieces ourselves with help from the teachers. I also liked trying a little parkour: even though it was hard and I wasn’t too good at it, it was fun. The most memorable moment for me was dancing on the beach in the rain; it felt wonderful and free. I loved it!!!
I have never done anything like this before and I am honoured to be part of this inspirational team.