INTERVIEW WITH JOHN BRANNOCH
John, originally from Limerick, started dancing at age seven. While he might have started dancing at a young age it was later in life when John realised that he was destined to be a performer. After completing a media degree at university the calling to become a professional performer became too much. He attended his first ballet class at age twenty, joined the College of Dance, graduated and went to Laine Theatre Arts, London. John then embarked on a glittering professional career which continues todate.
John’s shares his memories of how he discovered the College of Dance, his first day, his favourite experiences and some of the funnier times during his time at the College.
When did you start dancing?
I started dancing at the age of 7 at Spotlight Stage School in Limerick. I was so terrified I hid under my coat for the first three weeks. It was a great place to build a foundation in dance, singing and drama along with gaining confidence in performance. I didn’t take my first ballet class however until I was an adult.
How did you hear about the College of Dance?
I had just graduated from a media degree at University but all I wanted to do was dance. I joined my first ballet class at the age of 20 which was an evening class in a community centre with lots of older ladies. The teacher was affiliated with the College of Dance and recommended that I audition.
What was your first day like at the College of Dance?
I was excited and terrified. I felt incredibly lucky that I would get to dance all day every day. I was intimidated by everyone and felt a bit of an imposter. I found out later that most of the others felt the same way.
What were some of your fondest memories of College of Dance?
Definatly our end of year performance. The moment where we went from being a group of students to a company of dancers was incredible. I also remember one of our teachers, Bernadette O’ Rourke, using the phrase ‘When you are all working as dancers…’. It was her use of the word ‘When’ rather than ‘If’ that made me feel like it was an actual possibility.
What subjects were your favourite and why?
Jazz dance was always my favourite. I loved the characterisation and storytelling element.
“The College of Dance helped instill in me such strong work ethic. That you never stop learning!
We were taught that you are always striving to be better no matter how much you achieve.”
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