DANCING IS RIGHT UP HER STREET SAYS TALENTED DANCER AS SHE JOINS SOUTH WEST’S LEADING PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY
Swindon dancer joins RPA
A young Swindon dancer, Beth Cooper, is soon to join one of the South West’s leading performing arts companies to create and run more street dance classes.
Beth (24), who lives in Rodbourne with her boyfriend, Jamie and their little dog, Rou, said that joining Revolution Performing Arts (RPA) is her dream job.
Dance and performing arts are such amazing ways to express yourself,” said Beth. “I have found true joy in dancing and would love other people to do the same.’
Beth was a mere four years old when she joined a ballet class and then, at the age of six, found her niche in Irish dancing. Belonging to a large Irish family, she went to classes with her cousin. She loved them and became a South West champion!
When she won a performing arts scholarship in Wiltshire, she learned many different styles of dance, contemporary, hip hop, jazz and tap. Alongside all that she undertook drama and singing lessons. She soon picked up how to tap dance thanks to her Irish dancing lessons. But then she had her first ever street dance class and knew she had found her calling.
Beth explained: ‘I was 13 years old at the time and I haven’t stopped with the street-style of dance since. I knew then that this was what I wanted to do. I just knew!’
She had those feelings validated recently when won first place in a street dance competition. She said it made her so proud of herself, as it was her first and only time competing.
In 2020, Beth was lucky enough to have a job throughout all the lockdowns and even moved house twice! Yet, she very much struggled with not being able to see her family, with whom she is very close.
My family mean everything to me,” Beth confessed. “Dancing saved my sanity throughout the pandemic. Dancing is something you can enjoy anywhere. In your own home or garden and is a healthy distraction from the Covid restrictions.’
With Revolution Performing Arts, Beth will be working with children aged six all the way through to adults. She is a firm believer dance should be uplifting. Beth wants her classes to be a place of complete freedom for students to have fun and learn a few cool steps. She also stresses the importance of teaching dance styles correctly with a historical background. Because the origins of each dance style are so interesting.
Beth is also a strong advocate of judging people for their effort, hard work and talent. And not on the way they look, their hair or skin colour or their weight.
She said: ‘I have noticed that things are already changing in the dance industry. I am very excited for the future and thrilled to be joining Swindon’s Revolution Performing Arts.’
Fiona Da Silva founded Revolution Performing Arts in 2007. The company pecialises in empowering young people to celebrate their individuality through the power of performing arts.
RPA has its base in Swindon, but operates in North Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. It’s recently received a £25,000 grant from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.
Fi said: ‘I knew I had to diversify during the pandemic. So I am launching a programme of new sessions including more performing arts open classes, circus theatre arts, musical theatre, ballet for fun and, of course, street dance. Beth will be creating and running the street dance classes in accordance with Government safety guidelines as soon as we get a suitable venue. I am so delighted to be welcoming her to our talented team of RPA leaders.’