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Caitlin Le Roux

My name is Caitlin Le Roux, I am a full-time student at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

I have loved Freda Silk skirts from the moment I was luckily enough to wear my first one on a photoshoot with Jon Raffoul.

 

The material was just so beautiful and floaty that I couldn’t compare it to anything else! I felt that the skirts really extenuated me as a dancer. In photoshoots the large Aretha’s are stunning, but in classes the rehearsal skirts and SABs are just so practical.

 

Sophie is just so supportive and creative. She helps me to be a better dancer by giving me the tools for the studio.   

Photograph by Jon Raffoul

Do you recall when or how you caught the dance bug? 

I am lucky enough to be the 5th generation in my family to be a dancer. My great, great grandma was a professional ballerina, and we have all followed in her footsteps ever since! I think it was just naturally in my blood!

How many classes a week to you take? 

At Tring Park I do about 20 hours of dance classes a week across 6 days. 

What is the best bit about attending a vocational dance school? 

The best part is that you get to live your dream every day! I am doing what I love best with many friends who also share the same passion and dreams as me.

What different styles of dance do you learn? Do you have a favourite style? 

I currently study ballet, contemporary, modern dance and tap dance. In the past I have also studied musical theatre, jazz, Greek and national folk dance. I can’t choose my favourite style because I have a few! I love ballet and contemporary the most!

Allegro or adage – which is your favourite? 

Allegro by far is my favourite! I am very lucky that I’m a natural jumper an often out jump the boys!

How old were you when you got your first pointe shoes? 

I was 10 years old, but it was just one week before my 11th Birthday! It was so exciting and such an amazing moment!

 

What is your dream dance role? 

 

I have two dream companies that I would like to work for which are English National Ballet or Matthew Bourne. I love both genres of dance and both companies have inspired me so much in my life. I have looked up to so many dancers in these companies that I would love and hope to be where they are.

 

Who are your dance idols? 

 

Darcy Bussell inspired both my mum and me when I was younger. But these days I look up to Anjuli Hudson at ENB and Ashley Shaw and Cordelia Braithwaite at Matthew Bourne. I am also inspired by Camille Bracher who is ex dancer at the Royal Ballet, and I have been lucky enough to be coached by her.

Do you have any achievements of which you are particularly proud? 

I was so lucky to have been asked to perform with the English National Ballet in both 2019 and 2021 in their Nutcracker. I performed at the London Coliseum and toured with them in Liverpool. I played the part of a party girl, rat and was also understudy for Clara. This was an incredible experience for me and one I will never forget.

 

What was the last dance performance you went to see? 

I watched Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker

What was the last performance you took part in? 

English National Ballet’s Nutcracker. I performed on their final night which also happened to be my Birthday!

 

What sort of a dancer are you? 

I would say that I am a passionate and expressive dancer. I love to be able to feel the music and portray this in my dance. Dance to me is not just about the steps but something that you feel deep inside.I think my teachers would say that I am a responsive and reliable dancer. I listen and apply my corrections and I have a very good memory when it comes to learning choreography – I can pick things up quite quickly! I am determined and I never give up, and I think this is key when learning any sort of art form. You must keep believing in yourself!

Follow Caitlin on Instagram @caitlinleroux.dance

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