4 May 2018
Author: Alice White

Clare Connor at the Primary Careers Conference

On 26 Apr 2018, children as young as nine were inspired to aim high, build their confidence and follow what they love doing at Camden’s fourth Primary Careers Conference.

About 170 pupils from 21 primary schools, including 16 Camden schools, attended the event here at The Place. They heard from Clare Connor, our Chief Executive and Principal of London Contemporary Dance School:

“30 years ago I wanted to be a dancer and so I came here to The Place to audition. I was one of over 600 young people and was one of the lucky 60 to be chosen. Here at The Place is where I learned to learn and to love learning.

In August last year I started my dream job here, leading the organisation that propelled me into a career as a professional dancer, professional teacher, manager, creative director, business development director and leader.

The Place belongs to you. It is your Place. You can come here at any day of the week and sit in our café, and there will always be dance activities happening. Anyone can take part, small children, sometimes babies, young people, adults and grandparents, and there are performances in the theatre most weekends.

For young people who want to work at being a dancer – you can take classes or study here from the age of 11 at the evenings and weekends, so that you can carry on with your school. We also have summer schools and youth companies with fantastic artists. Regardless of how much you can afford – we can help you.

Sometimes, there is a view that academic learning is more important than physical and creative learning - through subjects like sport, dance and the arts. But they are ALL important and they are all about learning. We are all different, we all learn differently and our careers are equally different. Being happy and enjoying what you do is, for me, the most important thing. When we connect to what interests us we are more likely to be happy and do well.

I asked my daughter who is 15 what her advice would be for you and this what she said…

Don’t try and fit yourself into somebody else’s idea of what you should be.
Find and follow your passion and then work hard at it.

I thought that was good advice and I hope that today you will be inspired.”


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