W I T H J E S S I C A T E M P L E T O N ( U N I T E D K I N G D O M )
My name is Jessica Templeton, and I am 17 years old. I started dancing aged 4, with only one or two classes a week. I began to take it more seriously at the late age of twelve, auditioning and gaining places at Elmhurst Ballet School and Tring Park School for the Performing arts. I then trained at Tring Park for three years before being accepted into the Royal Ballet Upper School in Covent Garden at the age of 16, where I am currently training.
What is the benefit of ballet lessons for kids? What are the key advantages and disadvantages of Ballet?
Ballet is a brilliant art to take part in. It teaches children discipline and respect as well as allowing them to bond with others who share the same passion.
Dance is also a great form of exercise that hones the body and mind. It teaches children a healthy lifestyle which they can take forward into there life.
What kind of personal skills are you going to see in yourself thanks to Ballet?
Ballet has taught me patience, determination and resilience. It has also given me confidence in myself and my ability. Ballet is hard at the best of times, and it teaches you how to get around the many obstacles there are in life.
What has been your proudest moment as a dancer? And what has been your most challenging moment?
My proudest moments to date are receiving the Bronze medal at the Genée International Ballet Competition in Toronto and being accepted into the Royal Ballet School. Of course, the build-up to those events was full of hard work and lots of challenging moments, but it was worth it in the end! 🙂
Are you shy? What advice would you give to parents who have a shy child but loves Ballet?
I wasn’t ever shy, but I certainly wasn’t the type to be overly confident. My advice to parents would be to try and help their children overcome shyness by continually putting them in new situations. I hope this helps.
How can parents encourage a passion in their child when they don’t have that skill?
I believe that a child’s passion for Dance comes from inside themselves. If their passion is healthy (and it needs to be to have a career in the arts), they will find a way to pursue their dreams. I don’t think a child needs to be overly pushed by their parents.
How often and long you train?
A typical day at school consists of around 5 hours of Dance (this includes classical technique, contemporary, pas de deux, solos, repertoire, strength and conditioning and Pilates) and 2 hours of academic schooling. I start my day at 8:30 am and finish between 5:30 and 6:30 pm.
What was your most tremendous success?
Over the last few years, I have won the RAD’s Phylis Bedell’s Bursary, ISTD overall senior award, Cecchetti award, All England Young Ballerina of the year and a bronze medal at the Genée International Ballet Competition as well as passing my Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal examination. I worked extremely hard to receive these titles, and I am very proud of them.
Have you some dreams and ambitions?
My dream is to one day be apart of a ballet company and perform some solo roles as I would love to get the opportunity to share my passion for Dance with others through performing. I would also love to travel the world as I believe travel is the best education a person can get.
Do you live your dream?
I do believe that I am currently living my dream as I can’t think of anywhere else I would rather be at this moment in time. I am happy in my life at the moment.
Model: Jessica Templeton
Photographer: Jason Robles Photography
What do you think about Business Magazine Int. & KIDS WITH DREAM?
I think it is vital to have role models to look up to, and I think the Kids With Dreams project is giving young, aspiring dancers someone to look up to who inspires them.