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31 January 2020
Author: The Place

Dance Beyond Dance - Anna Britton

When did you study at LCDS? Why did you decide to study contemporary dance?

I studied at LCDS from 2013-2017 repeating one year because of an injury. I started dancing when I was about twelve and was in full time training at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance by sixteen. I loved the escapism it gave me, and it was always the connection between music and dance that kept me inspired and captivated by it.

Tells us a little bit about what happened since! Was there a moment you realised there was something else you wanted to pursue instead of dance?

During my training at LCDS I sustained a serious stress fracture in my leg, which saw me on crutches for six months and having to repeat a year at school. I never fully recovered from the injury so had to open my eyes to my other passions.

What is it you do now? Tell us about your business/career/role!

I now own my own business, ‘Coorie Curls’, a vegan hair care company specialising in vegan satin items designed for curly hair. I also work with refugees and migrants including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, which has become my main passion and is an absolute privilege to be involved in.

What did you take away from your creative education? What stuck? Is there something you still find useful?

Two of the most valuable things I have taken from my dance education are the friends I made, the special kind of bond we have from the experiences we went through together, and the sense of self that I solidified through the challenges I underwent.

What kind of skills were you able to transfer into your current career? How do you use your creativity today?

During my injury I was lucky enough to be able to work in the costume department at LCDS, which helped me to hone my sewing skills and build my confidence in my ability as a seamstress which I then took into starting Coorie Curls. I also focused my Independent Project at LCDS on the psychological effects of serious injury and explored the topic through clothing-based design, which fed into the design and sewing work I do today.

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