Ballet and Pilates Mini Retreat: interview with Grace Hurry!
Ahead of our Ballet and Pilates Mini Retreat in Jersey next month, we spoke to our retreat co-leader Grace to find out her Life In Legwarmers story!
Where did you grow up and when did you begin ballet classes?
I was born in Surrey, and started ballet lessons when I was only 2 years old!
How old were you when you realised you wanted to be a ballet dancer?
At 9 years old I was accepted into the Royal Ballet School’s Junior Associate programme (where I first met Karis) and I think it was then that I knew I wanted to be a ballet dancer when I grew up!
What was the most valuable part of your training?
The most valuable part of my training was my six years at the Arts Educational School, Tring Park. I was lucky enough to receive a very balanced dance education from a wide range of amazing teachers. This also included Pilates training from the age of 11!
Tell us about your most memorable on-stage experience?
My most memorable onstage memory is when I was dancing on the world tour of West Side Story. During the first (very hostile!) meeting of the Jets and Sharks, I managed to trip over myself and skid across the width of the stage on my front! I then had to crawl off stage to sort myself out! Not my finest moment, but certainly memorable!
When did you decide to train as a Pilates teacher and how did you manage the transition?
After stopping dancing professionally in 2010 I became a qualified teacher through the Royal Academy of Dance and began teaching at an ‘after school’ dance school. This left my mornings free and allowed me to utilise my 20+ years of Pilates training to fill my days!
What has running your own Pilates studio taught you?
In 2012 I started teaching Pilates full time and currently jointly own a studio in Jersey. Having previously owned a studio without a partner I have since learnt it is much more enjoyable to surround yourself with like-minded people to share to good times and the bad!
Where is the most exotic location you’ve run a Retreat?
This year I have retreats running in Uluwatu, Bali and Nosara, Costa Rica! Both equally exotic, and most importantly 😉 amazing surf to keep my husband happy!
Our Ballet and Pilates Mini Retreat is coming up in June, what are you most looking forward to?
I am really looking forward to the Ballet and Pilates Mini Retreat in Jersey! We have never had a weekend event like this on the island before, and I hope it is the first of many! I also can’t wait to dust off my ballet shoes and be a ballerina again!