If you’ve read Live to dance, Dance to Live then you will know that this is the fourth and final installment of four little girls who became dancers. I met them in Paphos, Cyprus. So, meet Kizzy Waudby
Kizzy was born in East Yorkshire and is a close friend of Emily’s By the time Kizzy had reached three years-old she was a tiny shy little girl. Kizzy had no confidence and couldn’t look people in the eye. Diagnosed with Level 2 Autism this affected her social ability and speech. Kizzy says, “I lived in my own little world where no one could understand me and I showed no feelings or connection with others.” Her Mum tried all sorts of hobbies, techniques and interests to help Kizzy engage, bond and communicate with others, but to no avail. Eventually Kizzy’s Mum turned to dance and performance. Kizzy says. “My dance teachers were so loving and caring towards me and my mum was happy she and my family could finally see some progress in my confidence.”
I don’t know how aware, as a nation, we were twenty years ago that dance would help with autism, but I would say Kizzy’s mum was probably somewhat ahead of her time and the practice is now widely recognised So how did a hobby that helped a four-year-old Kizzy engage with her surroundings become a career? The answer is similar to all four girls stories. For Kizzy it’s been twenty years of hard work, dedication, sweat and tears (sometimes). Training at at a dance school four nights a week in Hull she learned ballet, tap, modern jazz musical theatre and commercial. Coincidently her first professional dance job was in Paphos, Cyprus back in 2013 when she was just twenty years old. When I met her four years later she was back in Paphos, but what a journey that had been. Dancing around the world on tours, circuses and several hotels, she also achieved her childhood dream of dancing on a cruise ship. Her aspirations are to continue to travel the world as she loves being up on stage and dancing with her heart and soul, but long term, Kizzy would like to create her own choreography for other dancers, and to watch her routines being performed with passion on stage.
Kizzy still struggles with her autism on a daily basis but has almost broken the barrier. She says. “I want to prove to people that it can not stop you achieving your dreams and you can become independent and happy when you find the one thing that makes you shine and for me that is dance.”
So there you are the final story of how four little girls took a hobby and turned it into a career, overcoming many obstacles with an unfaltering determination, vision and belief that they would achieve their dreams because, let’s face it, that is what real life is all about. Isn’t it?