Our Stories – Gerry Turvey

Gerry worked as an independent dance artist, participating in projects worldwide, including Africa, America and in Europe. With DCD’s support, Gerry is now an independent choreographer, performer, and yoga teacher.

" I’m still in transition, and hopefully I will be able to continue to be involved in dance as well as develop my new skills as a yoga teacher during the years to come.

I started teaching yoga as a favour for a friend a few years ago, one thing led to another and I found myself with a regular weekly class, which mostly was made up from patchy knowledge of doing my own practice and going to other yoga classes.

At the age of sixty I felt I also had to assess my future and longevity of my career path, and doing yoga seemed to be a positive way of moving forward supporting my dance work, and giving me tools for the future. However I was limited in both my approach and ability to teach in many places without the necessary qualifications. I started doing some research into yoga teacher training, and while it all sounded wonderful the price put the possibility out of reach. This is when I approached DCD and Ellen supported me to create my application. The help I got in writing my application was generous, supportive and invaluable. I shortly found out that I had been successful and a month later I started on the Yoga Teacher Training. It lasted for a year over several intensive weeks and weekends. It was incredibly hard work and challenging, but I’m totally proud of myself for doing it, and feel a great sense of achievement; I am now a fully qualified Yoga Teacher.

I very much appreciated the continuing support from DCD with a meeting during the year, an interview and feedback form at the end of the year, as well as three coaching sessions. It was all so helpful to the whole process of transition.

Starting something new can make you feel less confident and being in a learning situation again can create some concerns, and take you out of your comfort zone. But the payoff from that is self-development, a sense of achievement, new avenues, relationships, and ways of doing things in your life.”

Gerry’s top tips:

  • Change means taking risks, but ultimately growth
  • Not to be afraid to follow your dreams and ambitions
  • Trust that the process is taking place
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help
  • Be kind to yourself!

To find out more about how we can help you, please contact Ellen Chambers, Dancer Support and Services Officer on ellen@thedcd.org.uk or 020 7831 1449.

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“I very much appreciated the continuing support from DCD…it was all so helpful to the whole process of transition.”

"Starting something new can make you feel less confident and being in a learning situation again can create some concerns, and take you out of your comfort zone. But the payoff from that is self-development, a sense of achievement, new avenues, relationships, and ways of doing things in your life.”