There is no doubt that my first experience of dance in education turned my World upside down. I strongly believe that if it wasn’t for Nicola being such a passionate and inspirational role model, I would not have had the lifeline that studying dance offered me.
When I first met Nicola, I was an anxious sixteen-year-old with little to no dance technique. Nicola encouraged me to find my strengths and then motivated me to seize on a whole host of opportunities inside and outside of College – some of which compromised her own chance to take class in a student-free zone! With her support throughout, I got an A in A-Level Dance and went on to study Dance at University of Chichester.
Fuze8 Dance Company was formed in my second year of College and I am not at all surprised that it has continued to gain momentum over the last 8 years. Since University I have worked across the dance and arts sector teaching, project managing and leading strategically on national programmes of work – all of which have aimed to better the lives of children and young people through dance and the arts. I now produce youth engagement opportunities for a regional dance venue in Bournemouth.
It isn’t just Nicola’s high-quality dance technique classes, professionalism, endless creativity and industry-standard production skills that make her a fantastic person to work and learn with, it is the care and determination she has for her young people that underpins it all.
I wish Nicola and Fuze8 Dance Company the very best for the future, and hope that Nicola’s current students know how lucky they are.
Yorke Dance Project has been fortunate to work on several projects with FuZe8 Dance Company over the past few years and each time we have found the dancers to be enthusiastic, creative and wonderful to work with.
Artistic Director Nicola Lloyd's vision, energy and passion for dance is clear when working with the Company. It is always an absolute pleasure to collaborate and we will continue to develop our artistic relationship and work on future projects together.
Nicola is the reason that I dance, the reason that I found my passion and have a career in the industry!
In 2001, when I arrived at secondary school I had no prior dance training nor was I an able dancer. Nicola's approach to teaching was the reason I developed such a passion for the art. Nicola taught me the basic fundamentals and technique right through until GCSE Dance where I achieved an A* - Nicola has a proven track record when teaching GCSE, A-Level and BTEC qualifications. When Nicola left for pastures new our friendship formed and with this a professional relationship - since then we have continued to work and take class together.
Nicola's passion for Dance is so very difficult to describe, she will take a project and give it her all and at the heart of Nicola's teaching is her students, new and old. FuZe8 combines everything that Nicola is about; passionate teaching, dance technique, development of students and professional approaches to the world of dance. Within my role of Head of Dance in a thriving local school I often reflect back on where I have come from and I am eternally grateful for Nicola's inspirations and support from 2001 to the present day.
I owe a lot to FuZe8 Dance Company and in particular to Nicola. Remembering my time with the company fills me with warmth and many amazing memories. Nicola taught me a great deal about Dance Performance and technique, she pushed me beyond my limits to strive for a better and brighter future.
I distinctively remember my audition for FuZe8, I was not only accepted, but I was also promptly enrolled on A Level and BTEC Dance!
Following college, I went on to study Dance at Performers College, London to further my technique in many different art forms, including Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Singing, Theatre and Voice studies. I now put everything I learnt from FuZe8 and Nicola to constant use everyday, performing on shows and parades in Disneyland Paris. The biggest stage in Europe!
I began training with Nicola a year after I first started dancing and thanks to her endless guidance, time, encouragement and inspiration my training and passion developed in more ways than I could have imagined. My little knowledge and experience of dance was pushed and tested through Nicola’s training; she nurtured my development within A Level and BTEC Dance and presented experiences such as Rock Challenge that introduced me to the industry as a performer and choreographer. I quickly learnt that dance was the career path I wanted to follow, and with the support of Nicola I accepted a place at Middlesex University.
Alongside Nicola, I have been extremely fortunate to gain valuable performance experiences at various venues and theatres across Hampshire and Dorset prior to and after my degree. I performed and supported the creation of works at Pavilion Dance South West, as well as continuing to further my training by attending Nicola’s classes.
In the last few years, I have moved to Frankfurt as an intern for Tanzlabor21 and performed at The Place as a part of Resolutions! 2017.
My current role is Graduate Academic Assistant for the dance department at Middlesex University, alongside studying for a PGCE in Higher Education. I also continue my passion for creating work and have opportunities to work with undergraduate students. I first chose to enter the industry with very little confidence, and I cannot express enough how much my career has been impacted by Nicola’s passion, nurture, and love for dance and her students. Nicola is a wonderful teacher and friend and I am very thankful for her continued support.