My name is Sophie, I’m 18 years old and I live in Exmouth. I started dancing at the age of 4, starting in ballet and tap. When I was 7, I started Musical Theatre and freestyle alongside ballet and tap.

I’m currently in my second year of BTEC Dance at Exeter College where I train in many styles including contemporary, ballet, jazz and urban. My favourite styles are jazz and musical theatre. I’m part of the award winning youth theatre company – Centre Stage in Exmouth where we work towards putting on two musical shows per year. I’ve performed in Carousel, Godspell, Crazy for You, Oliver, Pirates of Penzance, Oklahoma and currently working towards West Side Story.

After College I want to carry on training in Dance and performance at University to potentially become a professional dancer, to either perform on stage or become a cruise line dance entertainer. I am also interested in teaching after training.

I chose Exim for my work experience because they are a professional company that provide a wide variety of classes for everyone, they are an inclusive company providing classes for all ages and abilities. I thought that working alongside Exim would allow me to learn how to teach people in a professional way, which is exactly how it is.

My first day of work experience I started at Widewell Primary School for an afterschool dance club. We started with a game of Simon Says with physical movements to warm up which then followed on with some simple stretches, some offered by the children. We then moved on to a small centre phrase they recapped from last week. They were given 5 minutes for a creative task, before finishing off with playing a game. I learnt many things from this session such as keeping younger children focused on the task is challenging, you have to be commanding yet still have fun with them. I enjoyed watching the 5 minutes of creativity as there were no rules for the children, they could express themselves through their own styles of dance.

Later in the day I went to a Making Waves dance session at The House Studio, University of Plymouth where I joined in on most of the lesson. I really enjoyed the style of the two different phrases as it was different to what I usually do.

My second day I went to Yealmpstone Primary School to help in the lesson and I was really looking forward to seeing what it’s like. I’m very grateful to have been able to work with Exim on work experience as I’ve had a real insight into what it would be like to run a company.