11 June 2014
Author: EDge

Meet the dancer: Q&A with Hannah Barron

Hannah trained in ballet, tap, modern and jazz from an early age and went on to gain a BPA in Contemporary Dance at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. During this time she worked with choreographers Deborah Johnson, Alexander Whitley, Jonathan Goddard and Jennifer-Lynn Crawford, while also taking part in a national tour with Rita Marcalo.

When or how did you catch the dance bug?

  • Me and my family had gone to see a panto one Christmas when I was about 8. I was completely transfixed by the dancers and after the show I nagged my mum for ages for dance classes until she signed me up.

What was the first piece of live dance you watched?

  • I don't remember the first piece of live dance I saw but I do remember it was watching Jasmin Vardimon's 'Yesterday' that introduced me to the world of Contemporary Dance and made me what to pursue vocational training.

Are you ever worried about forgetting a move or sequence before a performance?

  • Always! No matter how well rehearsed or how many times I might have performed the piece, I always have to have a quick mental run through of the choreography before I go on stage.

What do you keep in your dance bag?

  • Far too much stuff. I seem to pack for every eventuality...scissors, plasters, spare socks, painkillers, and usually the morning paper.

What kind of snacks do you eat to keep you going through the day?

  • Bananas, chocolate and cereal bars are always good for boosting energy levels.

How do you unwind after a day of dancing?

  • After a particularly hard day you'll find me in my Pjs, cooking a nice dinner and then watching TV or a good old chick flick.

If you were not a dancer what do you think you might be doing?

  • I love baking and still imagine opening my own bakery one day. But I also love reading and literature so perhaps I would have done something involving writing.

What is on your favourite playlist?

  • 'Hey Ya' by Outkast and 'Send Me On My Way' by Rusted Root always but me in a positive mood.

I'm surprisingly bad at... Languages and accents - as the international members of the company frequently point out!

I'm surprisingly good at... Bargain hunting! I love finding great deals.

EDge will be touring to; Berwick-upon-Tweed (12 Jun), Canterbury (17 Jun), Swansea (19 Jun), London (26-28 Jun), Isreal (30 Jun-3 Jul), Portugal (11-13 Jul). Full tour details here


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