Where are you from and what is your professional background?
Ciara is from Cape Town, South Africa. She completed a three-year teachers’ qualification with the Association of International Dance Teachers. She has choreographed for many productions and companies that have performed on different stages throughout South Africa. She has performed, choreographed and toured with Heremanje productions. The most recent company she worked with was The Cape Dance company in Cape Town, touring and performing on a wide variety of stages.
Ciara is currently working with ACE Dance and Music in the UK on their new production Ten.
When did you know, you wanted to dance professionally? What drew you to dance?
I knew I wanted to dance professionally as soon as I knew that was a job title. I said to myself if I can do this every hour of everyday then I will be the happiest person. I was drawn to dance when I was in school and struggling with learning. Dance was my outlet and I’ve loved it ever since.
What made you want to work with ACE dance and music?
I used to watch YouTube clips of companies I was interested in and ACE was a company that caught my attention. I loved the unique style and diversity of the company.
During TEN tour, which performance has been your favourite and why?
The performance in Gloucester. On the 3rd of May. Because myself and Nathan had taught such a beautiful group of dancers for the two weekends before and it was so special to have them in the audience that night. And hopefully inspire them.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
I like to tell myself in my mind that I am powerful, strong and confident and I can do this.
What are the key things to remember whilst performing?
To stay present. To give it all you’ve got. And to remember that it is about the audience. Also, to hold your core and plié.
What is it like to be in a professional company?
It’s great. It’s so nice to be with a company of people that share the same love for something. We get on really well and have a good laugh.
What advice would you give to aspiring dancers who are beginning their journey?
To go for it. Who cares what anyone thinks. People are not always going to like you but you need to remember why you started doing it in the first place. Also, just enjoy yourself otherwise there is no point. That’s what I think anyway.