April Grant

April Grant

Social worker, volley ball player, geocacher, and escape room master April Grant had taken time away from dance for three years.  The best piece of advice April’s received is ‘Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain’, so after months in COVID shutdown, April was ready to dance again, which was just in time to audition for Move Through Life’s performing company.

Find out more about April by reading her answers to our Q&A below.

Tell us about your early dance journey?  Where did you start and what did you do as a child?

I first started dance at four years old at a little studio and then moved to Johansen Academy of Dance in Salisbury when I was five years oldn where I trained in ballet, jazz, tap, Irish and hip-hop.

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What is your earliest memory of dance?

I remember dancing to a song called ‘April Showers’ I was so excited that it had my name in it!

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What have been some standout moments/achievements you’ve had with dance?

I won the most outstanding student at my dance school when I was 13 and a scholarship to National Youth Dance Theatre when I was 15 and won a choreography competition when I was 16. I have also since completed my Certificate III in dance teaching.

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What is your favourite thing about dance?

I love how free I feel when I dance channeling all my emotions into a dance and also that feeling you get when you nail a step you have been practicing

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What is your favourite thing about performing?

I love the adrenaline release and connection with the audience.

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What are your top three favourite dance movies?

Love the classics like Centre Stage and Honey.

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What are your dance goals, dreams, or aspirations?

After having a three year break I just want dance to be a part of my life again and I want to be happy and confident when I’m dancing.

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What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received (again, it doesn’t have to be dance-related)

Life is not waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain.

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Why did you decide to audition for the MTL Performing Company?

I wanted to reignite my passion for dance and during COVID lockdown was itching to move and dance again. By coincidence the information sessions about the company was released the same week. I love the vision of Move Through Life and had danced previously with them and so went for it, thinking I would not be ready to succeed in the audition but to just have a go and see.

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What is your favourite thing about being part of the MTL Performing Company?

I love the vision, the passion and inclusivity of MTL. I feel comfortable and included there and am so glad I took the leap.

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What always makes you laugh?

My husband is hilarious.

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What hobbies do you have outside of dance?

I play volleyball four times a week and love going geocaching and completing escape rooms.

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What is your ‘day job’? (could be working, studying, volunteering etc)

I am a social worker and work full-time with families with young children.