Model: ‘Boo’ Rebecca Ridgwell
Photographer: Adam Spear
What age did you start dancing? Is it something you have always wanted to pursue?
I was a chubby little girl and my mum lured me into dance class to get me off my playstation, cliche as it sounds, it was that first class where I fell in love with dance, and I knew then it’s what I wanted to do.
Would you say you had a particular style of dance that you prefer? Either to watch or perform?
I love all styles of dance to watch, to perform I love jazz and commercial dance.
Being a dancer must be very intense and tiring, what do you do to relax?
I sleep a lot! In this industry there’s pressure to always look well presented, so there’s nothing more satisfying than wearing no make up putting on baggy clothes and chilling. I do a lot of yoga too and love getting lost in this city.
Your boyfriend is a musician- do you find that you can be inspired by each other, both working in the performing industry?
100%. He’s the ultimate optimist and is always great to speak to after a bad audition. He is so passionate about making music which is really inspiring. Its definitely comforting to have each other for support in industries which heavily scrutinise.
Do you have any exciting projects coming up?
The most exciting thing about being a dancer is that each week is so different so you never really know what’s round the corner. I’m choreographing a short dance film next week for a new agency, which is exciting as it’s a different role I’m used to on set. I teach part time at Nlpac dance school I enjoy putting together the upcoming shows and watching the dancers excel, teaching is a big passion of mine and probably the most rewarding job I do. I also have a few jobs abroad coming up which I always enjoy as I usually get to travel with my friends.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I hope in five years time I have worked with more choreographers I admire and artists that I love and travel to more places in the world I haven’t seen. I realise professional dancing can be short-lived, but I’m super excited to see what’s next. Ultimately, I’m incredibly grateful of what I’ve achieved so far, and as long as I’m surrounded by the amazing people I am today, ill be forever happy.
What is your favourite piece from our SS16 collection?
I’m loving the Serge SS16 collection! I truly love it all, but if I had to pick I’d say the Ralston Cut Off Tee and the No Noise Natural Shawlack Jumper!