Vicky danced with Candoco Dance Company for 6 years from 2008 to 2014 and performed Candoco’s first ever solo commission called ‘This is it’ choreographed by Matthias Sperling. Vicky gained a degree in Psychology and Drama and Theatre Studies in 2003 at Roehampton University. She subsequently realised her love of dance when training on the Candoco Foundation Course in Dance for Disabled People in 2005.
After graduating Vicky went on to perform for Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company, touring with works by Liam Steel (Stan Won’t Dance) and aerial artist Jess Curtis in 2007. Vicky continues to perform, teach and make work within different contexts. In 2014 she choreographed a piece for the Festival of Music and Dance in Granada in 2014 and has been working with the choreographer Dinis Machado in the UK and Sweden. Vicky is an accredited personal coach and offers one to one coaching sessions.
How did you get into dance?
I volunteered in an orphanage in Thailand for 6 months in 2004. I was geared up to do a PGCE and become a teacher on my return, however during my time in Asia I began to consider different options. I had gained a lot more confidence by travelling and working abroad and something was also telling me to practice what I preach! I had always told the people I worked with to aim high, and I was determined to show myself and others that there were different ways to achieve what you want in life. For me, dancing was a quiet passion that I never dreamed could be a profession until I researched the opportunities on the internet. I just typed the words ‘dance for disabled people’ into a search engine and a whole new world opened up to me. When I began the foundation course with Candoco, I became more and more enthusiastic about the art form. Dancing, in combination with my previous degree in psychology and theatre has given me a great love of performing, as well as working with people. That is why performing and teaching dance is the perfect career choice!
Who would be your dream dinner date?
I would have dinner with David Attenborough. I’ve grown up with his programmes, and I think he’s awesome. He has made me a real wildlife geek.
Find out more about Vicky in a recent interview featured on the Shape Arts website