Dancer takes first steps to dream job

A young dancer from Dundee is one step closer to following her dream of becoming a professional dancer after winning a place at a prestigious dance school.

Alexandra Hare (18) will set of for Leeds in September to the Northern School of Contemporary Dance to complete a three-year honours course. Former Harris pupil Alex has shown so much promise that she will bypass first year and go straight into the second year of the course.

It is not the first time that Alex has leapt ahead on a course as she went straight into the second year of the HND course at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance at Dundee College, and became one of its first graduates in the summer.

Alex admitted that she was quite nervous when she went for the audition at the dance school, she said, "I had to do a contemporary class and a ballet class and performed a solo dance that I had made up myself. I am now really looking forward to starting."

Dancing has always played a big part in her life since the age of five, when she attended ballet classes with Tayside Ballet in Dundee. She also gained a place with the Junior Associate Scheme of Scottish Ballet, travelling to Scottish Ballet Headquarters in Glasgow once a month for two years.

Following in the footsteps of her mother Judith, Alex became a dancer with the Downfield Musical Society and has been involved in many local shows throughout the years.

After college, Alex said her dream job would be as a professional dancer with a contemporary dance company.

Taken from "The Courier", Friday August 31, 2001