Onwards and up.

It has been quite some time since I have last blogged, life has been moving in quite a variety of different ways of late.

This has been the first time that I have not been dancing and performing on a daily or regular basis since I was 7 years now as I live in Glasgow building my arts management portfolio.

Work with the Dance School of Scotland Graduates Trust is moving along nicely, we have our governing charter in place and together with the board I shall be putting in an application for charitable status – a massive boost and help should it be awarded.

John (John Ross Dance) with whom I collaborate and garner new commissions has been kept busy both performing and choreographing at the likes of Laban, The Space Dundee and most recently a new commission at The Old Vic theatre.

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Installing a sense of worth back into employment.

It is no big news flash to announce the UK jobs market is in a complete and utter mess.

With spiralling unemployment, particularly amongst young graduates who have forked out upwards of £25,000 just for a degree never mind postgraduate level studies, and poorly paid or indeed illegally un-paid apprenticeships, it is a dire picture facing the youth of this country at this moment in time.

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The problem of £1,000,000.00

Far to often in life that old phrase “I’ve got no money” is used.

It’s form and definition changes; “I’m really skint just now”, “I wish I was a millionaire”, as does its context – everyone always has enough for a beer if they drink, a packet of cigarettes if they smoke, and well, a coffee if you fit neither of those bills.

For so many of us, we ‘simpletons’ in life, the ones of us that go through our whole lives simply ogling at that rare few that break the precedent and for whatever reason, fame, talent, inheritance or sheer luck – come into some serious money, we can only stand by and watch, read and day-dream about such dizzying heights.

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Winter Sun

Making the most of a day off work, I donned my welly-boots, stuck on my gloves and headed out to the countryside for a nice long afternoon walk.

There’s really quite nothing like it, the fresh air, smell of burning wood from the few farm houses dotted around the rolling fields, and happy walkers out with their dogs. Quite a nice break from the usual hectic city life which one can so easily get dragged into a repetitive loop of.

With christmas on the horizon, and work picking up, it came at quite a nice time for me to recharge the batteries and catch up on things – an important thing to do every now and then.

The past few week’s I’ve been continuing on with my work for The Knightswood Graduates Trust, and immersing myself in my new full-time job. My gran yesterday celebrated her 78th birthday so I went around with some chocolates for a ‘wee gab’ after work.

Movember is going well, we’ve all been raising money at work for it and my moustache is coming along well, all raising an awareness of men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

I’ll leave you with a collage of pictures from my walk today – all taken on my iPhone and edited using diptic and instagram, I really ought to make more use of that Nikon SLR I bought!!

Soul Satisfying Dance

Last night it was off to the theatre with the mother, to see the ever wonderful Richard Alston Dance Company.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen some inspiring dance here in Glasgow, so it was extra special to see this company do their thing as only they do so well. What really set’s the work of Richard apart from any other choreographer for me, is his literal interpretation of music, the way in which he plays on the small details and brings out the personalities of the dancers on stage.

The evening featured a triple bill – ‘The Devil in the Detail’, ‘Shimmer’, and ‘Madcap’.

‘The Devil in the Detail’ has been revived by Richard for this Autumn Season Tour, featuring the infectiously feel-good music of Scott Joplin. The dancers really play with the musicality and have fun with the live pianist on stage, you couldn’t help but feel you wanted to get up there and dance along with them.

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An exciting new direction.

A very short post for you all today, yesterday saw the UK leap out of recession (officially), and I finally got a full-time job – on the spot! A whole new exciting chapter starts monday and I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on the goings on there, here in Glasgow, and further afield as I can.