For our Student Spotlight this week, we are pleased to introduce dancer Jamie Sanderson…
1. Can you tell readers how you became involved in dance?
I first became involved in dance at the age of 14. I was originally involved in amateur productions every year with my local theatre summer project; I then started to look into dance too. I watched a showcase performance by my previous performing arts school and got goose-bumps – I was amazed at what I was watching. I remember thinking to myself, “I want to do that, I want to dance!” – sparking my involvement.
2. What do you find you like best about dance class?
With dance I find that it is really personal. Every movement you do has its own personality: it’s like saying ‘there’s no two people in the world that are identical’ in any single way, because that is impossible. Dance is for you, dance is about you and dance is you. I think the moment you start to dance you find everything you do becomes more expressive and dynamic, and you open yourself up a lot more. It therefore seems that my life is easier now – in some aspects – because I dance.
3. What’s the hardest part about dance for you?
The hardest part of dance is money, however it is a part of dance itself. I think to be involved in dance you need to understand the reality, and if you don’t, you are making more trouble than you need. You need knowledge of the job sector, what is available, and you need to think wisely.
4. What advice would you give to other dancers?
I would say ‘never give up, never stop, just keep dancing’, because to be dancer, you must never stop being involved in dance, in any aspect.
5. How has dance changed your life?
I believe dancing has changed my life as it has allowed me to understand a lot about myself, and others. It has allowed me to express myself and communicate in ways I haven’t learned intuitively. Dance has become an ever-changing life style for me and will continue to be so for a very long time. There is always something new to learn as it is such a hands-on experience, something that I shall never stop striving to grasp.
Jamie is a third year student at Middlesex University studying Dance Studies. He is currently the co-ordinator for MDXdancers – a company enabling dancers to broaden their range of dance styles outside their study programme. Jamie is also part of the MDX Cheer Dance Squad, winning 1st and 2nd place respectively at the British Cheerleading Association Nationals in 2012.
Outside of university, Jamie dances with two companies: avoiDance and Kansaze Dance. With avoiDance he has performed two company works at various festivals, and has taught avoiDance company class for students at Middlesex University. Kansaze Dance has seen Jamie perform showcases, and most recently at Resolution! a platform at The Place in London.
Aside from dance experience Jamie has appeared as an extra in the 2009 British film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.