Bingham-born and raised Alice Shepperson had a promising professional dance career ahead of her until last year, when she had to have invasive surgery to remove her appendix. Alice was forced to put her future dance career on hold.
Determined to continue dancing though, she fought back, picked up her dancing feet and after just a year, endured an intense two-day audition for Jasmin Vardimon’s Professional Development Certificate Course (JV2).
Alice gained a place on the course that starts in October. It will allow her to work closely with one of the UK’s leading contemporary dance choreographers Jasmin Vardimon, who is also an associate artist at Sadler’s Wells, a world-renowned contemporary dance venue in London. JV2 involves learning the repertoire from Jasmin Vardimon Company, teaching classes and a national tour of two dance theatre works.
Alice speaks about her success ‘I didn’t think that just a year after my operation I would be privileged enough to be chosen for JV2, I’m very honoured. I admire Jasmin Vardimon and her company, all the work created is such an inspiration to me.’
Although Alice is excited about gaining a place on the course and following her dreams, it comes with a hefty price – £5825. Alice is looking at ways in which she can help raise some of the money towards the cost of the course.
With a sincere request for help, Alice says ‘It is a lot of money, but a career in dance is my life-long goal and I know this course will bring me one step closer. And I will continue to work to raise money for the course. I would be so grateful for any donations received, big or small. And I appreciate your support towards my development as a young dancer and an evolving artist.’
Throughout this year, Alice has already worked for Berlin-based artist Tino Sehgal, and Lina Lapelyte- an artist and musician from Lithuania. She also became an understudy for Tangled Dance Company in May. Recently she assisted at Dance4’s Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) in Nottingham, where 6 years ago she experienced her first taste of contemporary dance.
Alice talks about her dancing background ‘My first ballet class was taught by Shan Jones when I was 7 years old at Bingham School of Dancing. I was then introduced to Dance 4’s CAT, the scheme helped me develop my devotion and dedication towards contemporary dance. After 3 years at CAT I successfully auditioned for Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) where I have graduated this July with a BPA-First Class Honors’
Alice’s Mum and Dad, Karen and Fred, who have lived in Bingham for nearly 25 years, say ‘we are so proud of Alice and have continually supported her throughout her dance training. Any support others can give to aid Alice in her future career aspirations would be brilliant.’
Chris Brinklow, her partner, is a professional dancer that already knows how difficult it can be in the performing arts profession. However, he believes that with her determination she will excel.
He says ‘I am so humbled by everything Alice has achieved so far and I know that she has worked tirelessly in order to give her the best chance at accomplishing her goals’