Capezio Guest Blogger Amie Brotherton recently became a fully qualified RAD ballet teacher. In this first entry, she tells us about her graduation day, what her newly achieved qualification means to her and what it was like meeting her longtime role-model Darcey Bussell.
- By Amie Brotherton
“I’d been looking forward to this day since October when I received that long-awaited official letter from the Royal Academy of Dance to confirm that I had passed my 2-year course in my Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, finally achieving my dream of becoming a fully qualified ballet teacher.
10th July started off with a gym work out to get me started for the exciting day ahead, before heading down to Battersea with my parents for the RAD’s Awards Day. I had spent ages choosing my outfit, knowing that lots of photos would be taken and Darcey Bussell, who has forever been a role model for me, would be presenting me with my certificate. We arrived at the RAD headquarters where we had official photographs taken before heading to a beautiful church in Battersea for the ceremony. We had a talk by the Chief Executive of the RAD Luke Ritner before proceeding one by one to collect our certificates from Darcey Bussell, all terrified we would be the ones who might trip over!
Once I had that certificate in my hands, I certainly felt some relief! We were then treated to a speech by Darcey Bussell who thanked her own ballet teachers for inspiring her as a youngster and wished us well in going on to inspire our own new generation of ballerinas.
After the formalities we returned to the RAD headquarters for afternoon tea in the courtyard where we enjoyed the gorgeous weather and caught up with people we hadn’t seen since finishing the course. We all relaxed and congratulated each other on completing a challenging, but amazing 2 years. Once afternoon tea had finished, some close friends and myself went out to Battersea Square to soak up the final rays of sunshine and celebrate the only way we should – with a bottle of champagne.
This day marked more than just a course completion or a qualification for me, it marked the achievement of my dreams since I was young, something I have always wanted to work towards.”
We hope you’ll find Amie’s words inspiring. She will be back very soon with a second entry, as part of our Summer Share Dance blogging series.
Photo: Amie with Darcey Bussell