Ridgeway School memories by Chris
Chris talks about his memories of going to Ridgeway School in Farnham and how he became part of Stopgap.
When did you go to Ridgeway?
I started to attend The Ridgeway School in 1995 and I stayed there for 3 years.
How did it help with your career?
Whilst I was at The Ridgeway School I did work experience at Homebase, Farnham and also at The Herons Swimming and Fitness Centre in Haslemere.
When did you first meet Stopgap?
I had already done some dancing at The Ridgeway School through participating in school musicals such as Grease and I also sang Christmas carols in a choir at Guildford Cathedral, which I really enjoyed. My head teacher thought that I was a good dancer. I first met Stopgap at The Ridgeway School where I was involved in a workshop with the company.
What have you achieved?
I achieved a lot of things, such as going to the Abbey School. I got on very well with friends that I met there. During lunch breaks we played football, which was really fun. I joined Stopgap Dance Company as a Trainee in 1997 and in 1999 I became an apprentice and completed the Foundation GNVQ in Performing Arts at Brooklands College, Weybridge. I then became a full-time company dancer in 2000 and worked with choreographers such as Adam Benjamin, Betina Strickler, Hofesh Schechter, Thomas Mettler, Nathalie Parnette, Rob Tannion, and Thomas Noone. I tour with the company nationally and internationally.
What does the future hold for you?
In the future I would still like to be involved in dance and see what is happening in the dance world and get inspired by different choreographers. I would like to develop my choreography skills and in 2014 I am planning to create a site-specific dance piece.