A DANCE teacher will perform before millions of people when she takes part in a major television series.
Gemma Fisher, 28, will appear in Got To Dance show, which starts tomorrow night, and said the experience was “amazing”.
Gemma, from Barlby, teaches dance to pupils aged from 18 months to adults at the Selby Theatre And Dance School based at the former Cochrane Shipyard. She auditioned for the fourth series of the show last summer.
She said: “I just decided to enter, filled in the online application and was lucky enough to get the first audition in Manchester, then go to London for the show. The first time was in front of producers, then at the Millennium Dome it was Ashley Banjo, Kimberley Wyatt and Aston Merrygold.
“It was an amazing experience. Going to London to the Millennium Dome, and meeting three amazing people who have achieved so much in their lives, it’s just something I haven’t done as a professional dancer.”
Gemma used to dance with the international-hit Spirit Of The Dance show in Reno, Nevada, for four years, from 17 to 21. She previously attended the Royal Ballet School in London between the ages of 11 and 16, where she was head girl.
She said ballet was a big part of her life, but not the sole inspiration for her dancing, and performed for the judges to Little Bird by Annie Lennox.
Gemma said: “I like mixing it up a bit. I love normal ballet. I love it, but I like to add a twist to it, so it’s ballet with a bit of modern dancing thrown into it.
“My favourite part was when I got told I was like a little doll on a music box, but not listening to ballet music, listening to pop music. Ballet doesn’t have to be done to Tchaikovsky, it can be done to pop music.”
Gemma is due to appear on Sunday’s show, but can’t reveal exactly how her performance went down with the judges.
Got To Dance is on Sky1 tomorrow at 6pm.