Sue Curry - RAD Ballet and Higher Grades and Repertoire
Sue Curry started dancing at the age of nine and never wanted to do anything else. Her teenage years were spent at what is now the Northen School of Ballet, when she appeared in many productions in Manchester.
From the age of 18 she trained at the London College of Dance and Drama under the auspices of the Arts Educational School, where she became an associate of both the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance.
Her teachers included Beryl Grey, Robert Cohan and many members of the Martha Graham Company. After graduating she wanted to join the Festival Ballet but as both the Rambert and Royal Opera Ballet closed down that year, leaving 100 dancers without work, it proved impossible.
Sue decided to complete her teaching qualifications and did a supplementary course at Chelsea College of Education, during this time she was invited to join London Contemporasry Dance. Unable to survive on a dancer’s salary, she turned to teach in state schools.
Mrs Curry founded the Bagshot and Windlesham School of Dance in 1978 and has enjoyed teaching hundreds of children since then. She regularly enters children for the Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams and choreographs dances for the children to perform at the Windlesham Fete. Pupils have performed every year in Pantomime at the Windlesham Club and Theatre.
At present, in addition to teaching the higher and professional grade ballet classes, she is co-ordinator of Music, Dance and French at Connaught Junior School in Bagshot. Mrs Curry organises the Christmas production at school, arranging the music, costumes and choreography. One of her hidden talents is sewing, and she designs and makes all the costumes for her productions.
In her dotage she drags her long suffering husband off to ballroom dancing classes every week; determined to carry on some form of dancing when she becomes too decrepit for ballet.