Outdoor Dance Portrait of Hayley Walker

Outdoor Dance Portrait of Hayley Walker

It was a real pleasure to work with such a talented performer as Hayley. With Hayley’s effortless style and her enthusiasm to try new things, I think we captured some unique shots.

Hayley Bio
What Age Did You Start Dancing?
Three years old.

Which School Did You Begin Dancing?
I began dancing ballet in a church hall in Ponteland, but I then, at the age of 5, joined Dorothy & Diane Buggy School of Dance, in Jesmond, which is now Katherine Brett Academy of Dance. My mother also danced at this school when she was younger!

Where Did You Study Dance?
I trained at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, where I received a First Class BA(Hons) Degree.

Who Have You Danced for Since Becoming a Professional Dancer?
I have danced with post-graduate company Emergence, in which I danced and toured works by Joss Arnott and Sharon Watson, and received a Masters Degree. I have also worked with choreographers Balbir Singh, Maxine Doyle and Sarah Dowling on various short films, TV and projects.

Who Do You Dance for Now?
I now work at Disneyland Paris as a character and central parade dancer.

What Is the Best Thing About Being a Professional Dancer?
It’s getting to dance and perform every day as my job.

What Is the Worst Thing About Being a Professional Dancer?
Probably auditioning and looking for work, this can be a very gruelling and challenging process.

What Is Your Best Experience as a Professional Dancer?
I would say touring the UK with Emergence and performing at least every week for a paying audience for three months was an excellent experience for me, the adrenaline rush after a performance is a really good feeling.

What Advice Would You Give to a Young Dancer Who Has Hopes of Becoming a Professional?
I would say to keep working hard, be yourself and perform perform perform! Especially in auditions, pretend that you are on stage, and this is how the panel will see you.

What Styles of Dance Do You Enjoy the Most?
I enjoy dancing in all styles of dance! But I probably would like to say I prefer dancing ballet and contemporary the most.

Who Is Your Favourite Current Dancer/Performer?
My favourite dancer at the minute would be Ashley Shaw from New Adventures company; I love her movement quality and the way she makes the audience watch her on stage!

What Professional Aspirations Do You Have as a Dancer?
I aspire to be in a contemporary dance company that is very physical with their movement and use elements of acting to tell the story to the audience, such as New Adventures.

Did You Enjoy Working With Paul? If So, What Did You Enjoy the Most?
I enjoyed working with Paul! We had two shoots, one beach photoshoot in which we got some stunning images and one video shoot in Plessey Woods where we filmed improvisation and choreographed routines. I would say I enjoyed the video shoot the most as when I would watch the footage back after we just filmed it, it was so amazing that Paul could make my movement look so good!

Female dancer on the beach
Female dancer on the beach
Female dancer on the beach
Female dancer on the beach
Female dancer on the beach
Female dancer on the beach
Female dancer on the beach
Female dancer on the beach
Female dancer on the beach
Female dancer on the beach
Female dancer on the beach
Female dancer on the beach

Outdoor Dance Portrait of Hayley Walker

It was a real pleasure to work with such a talented performer as Hayley. With Hayley’s effortless style and her enthusiasm to try new things, I think we captured some unique shots.

Hayley Bio
What Age Did You Start Dancing?
Three years old.

Which School Did You Begin Dancing?
I began dancing ballet in a church hall in Ponteland, but I then, at the age of 5, joined Dorothy & Diane Buggy School of Dance, in Jesmond, which is now Katherine Brett Academy of Dance. My mother also danced at this school when she was younger!

Where Did You Study Dance?
I trained at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, where I received a First Class BA(Hons) Degree.

Who Have You Danced for Since Becoming a Professional Dancer?
I have danced with post-graduate company Emergence, in which I danced and toured works by Joss Arnott and Sharon Watson, and received a Masters Degree. I have also worked with choreographers Balbir Singh, Maxine Doyle and Sarah Dowling on various short films, TV and projects.

Who Do You Dance for Now?
I now work at Disneyland Paris as a character and central parade dancer.

What Is the Best Thing About Being a Professional Dancer?
It’s getting to dance and perform every day as my job.

What Is the Worst Thing About Being a Professional Dancer?
Probably auditioning and looking for work, this can be a very gruelling and challenging process.

What Is Your Best Experience as a Professional Dancer?
I would say touring the UK with Emergence and performing at least every week for a paying audience for three months was an excellent experience for me, the adrenaline rush after a performance is a really good feeling.

What Advice Would You Give to a Young Dancer Who Has Hopes of Becoming a Professional?
I would say to keep working hard, be yourself and perform perform perform! Especially in auditions, pretend that you are on stage, and this is how the panel will see you.

What Styles of Dance Do You Enjoy the Most?
I enjoy dancing in all styles of dance! But I probably would like to say I prefer dancing ballet and contemporary the most.

Who Is Your Favourite Current Dancer/Performer?
My favourite dancer at the minute would be Ashley Shaw from New Adventures company; I love her movement quality and the way she makes the audience watch her on stage!

What Professional Aspirations Do You Have as a Dancer?
I aspire to be in a contemporary dance company that is very physical with their movement and use elements of acting to tell the story to the audience, such as New Adventures.

Did You Enjoy Working With Paul? If So, What Did You Enjoy the Most?
I enjoyed working with Paul! We had two shoots, one beach photoshoot in which we got some stunning images and one video shoot in Plessey Woods where we filmed improvisation and choreographed routines. I would say I enjoyed the video shoot the most as when I would watch the footage back after we just filmed it, it was so amazing that Paul could make my movement look so good!

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