Valerie Ebuwa

What have you been up to since graduating LCDS?

A fair bit!! I have mainly focused on creating a performance -orientated career. The work ranges from dance, theatre, music videos, performance art and includes a variety of dance styles such as Jazz and Street Dance. It has always been important for me to have performance at the forefront of my work in The Arts. I also model for various fashion brands, write for I am Hip Hop magazine and I am a panel member, host and mentor for a collective called Woman SRSLY, who run a platform and support network for female identified and socialised artists to show their work.

How would you say your training has helped you to get to where you are today?

My training definitely taught me resilience. It also helped me to really find who I am as a maker or devisor. Dance training in general provides a type of discipline that is transferable across any industry. Therefore, even though I graduated as a dancer, I feel my skills are not only confined to that. This is reflected in the range of work that I have (writing, modeling, and teaching).

Do you have any advice for young dancers?

The best advice given to me whilst training was to never give up, so it’s something I always passed on. I’m not entirely sure if I am ‘there’ per say but I’ve achieved more than I thought was possible for me . . . and it’s because I refused to quit. Sounds a bit cheesy but I’m the proof of my own pudding. Also research is so important and free as we now have the internet. In order to navigate and create opportunities for yourself, study what you’re interested in.

What did you find most inspiring or unexpectedly useful whilst at LCDS?

I always found the guest teachers or choreographers the most insightful mainly because you can easily get stuck in the bubble of the LCDS world. It was nice to get feedback and ideas about the world you enter after graduating in order to make the transition a more feasible and seamless process. I also fell in love with Gaga at the beginning of my studies, so it was definitely my crutch whenever I felt like times were hard. Chisato Ohno still inspires me greatly.