We caught up with Rebekah, our choreographer for Puss in Boots to find out more about our dancing queen.
My mother put me in ballet classes at the age of 3. I had virtually no hair, so she had to use clear tape to stick ribbons and bows onto my head… and even worse – I failed my first exam because I couldn’t skip. Oh dear…
Where’s that accent from?
“This delicious Antipodean accent comes to you from the paradise of Aotearoa (the land of the long white cloud – or New Zealand!). Although…my family seem to think it has morphed into a anglotipodean hybrid during my 1.5 years in the motherland.”
How long have you been dancing?
“A grand total of 27 years! My mother put me in ballet classes at the age of 3. I had virtually no hair, so she had to use clear tape to stick ribbons and bows onto my head… and even worse – I failed my first exam because I couldn’t skip. Oh dear…”
How did you first get involved with PLOS?
“I worked with Patrick Harrison on a royal tour to New Zealand. He was missing his Witches of Eastwick cast and explained to me the joys of PLOS. I made sure it was the first thing I did when I arrived in London. On my third day in London, I was in Putney Arts Theatre watching the show! It was brilliant and so I went to the Panto that year – Cinderella – and decided I had to be part of it. Dancing (or cube moving) in Loserville was so much fun and I’m so enjoying my new PLOS family. “
What has been your favourite show?
“Ever? If that is the question I would say Once, or Top Hat. If it’s PLOS – well I don’t have a favourite. I love them all!”
What kind of choreography should we be expecting in this year’s Panto?
“We’ve got so much talent in the cast – you’ll see everything from box stepping to plies, pirouettes and grand jete en tournants (maybe a hint of jazz hand too).”
Any tips for those of us with two left feet?
“Confidence and practice, practice, practice! Everyone can learn how to dance and even the most professional dancers have days where they feel like nothing works! Practising is the best way to cement and train your brain and muscles to move in the right way”