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We are very proud of the achievements of all our dancers past and present and love to hear of the progress and successes of those that have chosen to make dance and performing part of their future.


Rosie Chalmers

I enjoyed dancing and singing from a very young age and joined Duet Academy of Dance at the age of 4, attending classes from 2001-2015.  While dancing at Duet, I also performed in school productions and in productions at The Little Theatre with Wigston Amateur Operatics Society and as a senior dancer in the annual pantomime.  I later went on to train for 3 years at the University of Chichester, achieving a first-class degree in Musical Theatre.  In my time at university, I worked with various tutors that are currently working/have previously worked professionally in the industry.  Over the 3 years, I further developed my dance skills (ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and commercial) as well as my skills in acting and singing.  The training presented me with many opportunities and I performed in various musical productions including Carousel, Murder, Mayhem and Masque and Merrily We Roll Along.  By taking the university route, I also able to expand my skills set by studying arts management and teaching within the arts.  Since leaving university, I have been working with FTM Dance as a support worker and teacher assisting children with special needs and disabilities through the performing arts, which I have found extremely rewarding.  As well as this, I have returned to my former college, Wigston Academy, to work with the dance department and I am currently leading their Dance Academy.  In the future, I hope to pursue a teaching career and I am keen to encourage the arts within education.  I will also be performing in Mother Goose at The Little Theatre as Fairy Tranquilheart over the Christmas period.

Emilee Platts

Having attended Duet since I was 2 years old and developed a love of dance, in 2015 after completing my A Levels I decided to attend Bucks New University to study BA (Hons) Dance and Performance.  I chose this university as it offered lots of different styles of dance and allowed me to improve in styles that I had already learnt at Duet, and the also try new ones.  I really enjoyed my time at university, and not just in the dance course side of it.  I got involved with lots of extra curricular that helped with my dancing like being on the dance and cheerleading teams, which really helped me develop as a dancer.  As well as dancing, I had a lot of theory work to do.  My dissertation in my third year was a study about nutrition for dancers and if their energy intake had an effect on their level of fatigue.  Since graduating, I have started a graduate internship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where I assist in their dance programmes.  In the future, I hope to travel abroad and work as a dancer in hotels.

Lydia Rushton

I joined Duet Academy of Dance in 2005 when I was 9 years old and developed a real passion for performing.  So much so that I also joined the Wigston Amateur Operatics Society and Leicester Drama Society where I have been a member for 8 and 6 years respectively, performing at The Little Theatre at least twice a year in Panto over the Christmas period and other shows and musicals throughout the year.  I am also a full time chef and work long hours, so fitting in rehearsals and performances around shifts keeps me very busy!

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