INTERVIEW WITH CLARE IVORY
From a young age Clare knew she wanted to perform. From early childhood she danced, sung and had dreams of performing. Clare came to the College of Dance and said that this experience meant ‘she would never be the same dancer or person again’. Clare was awarded two scholarships to futher her training and is currently enjoying a highly successful professional career.
Earliest Dance Memory?
I started dancing from age 5 or 6 at a local variety group in my area. At age 10, I joined the Helen Jordan Stage School and spent many years there. During my time there we would do annual shows and I was fortunate enough, through auditions, to be chosen for many jobs, events and seasonal work. I spent many years continuing right through my teens travelling Ireland gaining experience in lots of different forms of entertainment including stage work, tv, dancing, acting and singing.
How did you hear about the College?
During my teen years I met Bernadette O’ Rourke whilst doing some work. I did not know at the time but she would go on to be an influential character and mentor to me. I had heard of the College of Dance and Bernie was teaching there and so she gave me a lot of information on it, which I researched and very quickly took a huge interest. I went to an open day there and immediately knew I loved it and decided, as nervous as I was, I needed to audition.
What was your first day at the College of Dance like?
Most of my first day was a blur if I am very honest. However, I will never forget the moment I walked through that door and saw many smiling, welcoming faces. I would never be the same dancer or person again. This was to be the beginning of one huge adventure that I am still lucky enough to be living to this day.
The nerves and apprehension was crazy, but so was the drive that was bubbling away, just waiting to explode. Of course I will never forget the end of the first week where I thought my body and mind would never recover from the insane, demanding but yet fulfilling road I had just stepped on.
What’s your fondest memory of the College of Dance?
Every day was a trek for me from home to college, usually around 1.5 hours, but this was a first of many lessons. Time management, focus and determination. No matter how tired I was when I got up each morning, I couldn’t wait to start my day. Every day brought something new. I knew I had many people to turn to when my body was letting me down. I remember days when I thought I couldn’t physically get through it without a nap, or a limb transplant but yet, the positive push I got from every teacher was incredible.
Not only were they teaching me my trade , but they were teaching me that I could rise above my limits and break all barriers in order to succeed. To become a better version of myself every day. Classes were tough, but we also had lots of laughter along the way, many stories , and many many memories to last a lifetime.
“I will never forget the moment I walked through that door at the College of Dance. I would never be the same dancer or person again. This was to be the beginning of one huge adventure. I will be forever grateful to all at the College of Dance for believing in me and pushing me to believe in myself”
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