INTERVIEW WITH CIAN HUGHES
Cian came to the College of Dance with relatively little dance
Earliest Dance Memory?
I started dancing locally at Spotlight Stage School in Navan when I was about 5 and then performed in pantomimes as a kid. I didn’t start training in Ballet, Contemporary or Jazz technique until I became a student at the College of Dance.
How did you hear about the College?
Through a number of friends. I always heard of older dancers going through the College and doing so well professionally. Many getting scholarships to some amazing schools in the UK or throughout the world. So for
What was your first day at the College of Dance?
I was just
What’s your fondest memory of the College of Dance?
Just being in the studio. Dancing and learning and being surrounded by the College of Dancy family. I look back at my time at the College with great fondness. I truly did love the time I spent there.
“The best decision I ever made was studying at the College of Dance. It allowed me to develop my technique and to give me the tools to successfully audition for schools in the UK”
What has been your professional journey since leaving the College?
I studied at
I also trained alongside Northern Ballet UK in their
Aside from performing I am also very passionate about teaching and being able to share my knowledge and experiences. It always feels really special and I feel so proud when I get to come home to Ireland and work with the next generation of dancers. I have taught workshops and masterclasses across Ireland
What would be your career highlight to date?
I am very lucky for all of the opportunities that I have had since graduating and I feel that I am still at the beginning, but I would have to say that my career highlight to date would be getting to be in CATS. This is my absolute dream show and the show fills my heart with so much. CATS has been technically the most challenging show that I have
What advice would you give a dancer thinking about
joining the College of Dance?
This is the first day of the rest of your life. Always follow your heart and never apologies for being exactly who you are. Work hard and never stop learning. The best decision I ever made was studying at the College of Dance. It allowed me to develop my technique and to give me the tools and the platform to successfully audition for schools in the UK. The teachers nurtured and guided me from being this little boy who couldn’t touch his toes and didn’t know what a pilé was to the boy who moved to London to study at Ballet School. You are in the right place at the right time so trust yourself and trust your teachers. You’ve got this!
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