Gaby has previously danced with Déda Youth Performance Companies InCompany and Bounceback. Click the links to find out more!

Gabriela Bolton has been a dedicated member of Déda Youth Performance companies InCompany and Bounceback for a number of years. We caught up with her to chat about her amazing experience at Northern Ballet Summer School:


‘Don’t forget to bring the following: ballet shoes, pointe shoes, jazz shoes, trainers and tap shoes!’

"Panic…I didn’t have tap shoes. The week before the Northern Ballet Summer School, I purchased my first pair of tap shoes since the age of 5 - I was buzzing!

Quite possibly the best week I've had this year.

Based in Manchester, the Northern Ballet Summer School offered an intense and exciting week of ballet, jazz, musical theatre, street dance and tap. This summer school gave me more than just a great insight in to full time vocational training, it opened my eyes to styles I hadn’t experienced much and have found out I love!

Having mainly studied contemporary at Déda – where it all started for me, with Youth Performance Company InCompany and then later, Bounceback –I also studied Ballet there. I had not done much musical theatre or street dance, and didn't realise that I would love other styles so much.  

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The day would start at around 8.45am, arriving and warming up for an hour and a quarter of ballet at 9.30am, followed by musical theatre or jazz. 45 minutes minutes to wolf down lunch and then back to classes of street dance and tap (or more musical theatre).

Over the course of the week we learnt several dance pieces, alongside classes, to produce a performance at the end of the week; 8 pieces, to be precise - all different styles.

At first, I questioned whether my brain had been turned to mush trying to learn so much so quickly but I was surprised at how much I managed to learn and how much easier it was once I was really 'in the zone'.  The teaching at NBS is phenomenal and I felt thoroughly at ease and welcome, while at the same time challenged and stretched! The school itself is lovely, boasting beautiful studios and a warm atmosphere.

I loved every moment of this course and all the dances we learnt. I think my favourites had to be the jazz dance to ‘Power’ by Little Mix (now whenever this song comes on I can’t help but wiggle). Learning ‘Hover’ from Cats was great fun. (The street dance was pretty damn good fun too – ah heck, I enjoyed them all!) I can’t deny, I had to wing the tap piece to ‘Putting on the Ritz’, having not done tap since I was 5, but it has encouraged me to return to it.

My biggest mistake was not staying somewhere that had a bath because boy, did I ache! But even though some mornings it was a little tricky to move, it was all totally worth it.

I am at my absolute happiest when dancing, so to be living it for a full week, I was like a pig in muck! I will hold on to fond memories of ballet on stage to CeeLo Green and my legs still twitching to dance when I was trying to sleep. I met some lovely people and made some great friends.  I am majorly looking forward to full time training and things to come!

Thank you Déda for starting this fire in me!"

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