Dancing starlet Kerri is jumping for joy

BALLET Kerri Briggs from Gosport.  Picture: Malcolm Wells (114403-1981)
BALLET Kerri Briggs from Gosport. Picture: Malcolm Wells (114403-1981)

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DANCING is in the bones of a talented schoolgirl who is a member of a top ballet school, teaches street dance and is starring in Portsmouth’s major panto production.

It has been a whirlwind year for GCSE student Kerri Briggs from Gosport who started taking modern and tap lessons at the age of four.

114403-1981 BALLET KERRI (NEWS)  15/12/2011''Kerri Briggs (16) from Gosport and a pupil at Neville Lovett Community School in Fareham 'Kerri is becoming renowned for both her ballet and street-dance skills ! '''Picture: Malcolm Wells (114403-1981)

114403-1981 BALLET KERRI (NEWS) 15/12/2011''Kerri Briggs (16) from Gosport and a pupil at Neville Lovett Community School in Fareham 'Kerri is becoming renowned for both her ballet and street-dance skills ! '''Picture: Malcolm Wells (114403-1981)

The 16-year-old, who is currently treating audiences at the Kings Theatre in Southsea to ballet, jazz and disco in her role as senior dancer in Cinderella, admits she is still pinching herself.

In October she danced her first season with the English Youth Ballet as a flower in The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky and she is already eyeing up parts for Swan Lake in the New Year.

Kerri said: ‘It’s a dream come true – I’m doing what I love, and lots of it.

‘Dancing is like second nature to me, it’s my life.

‘I think I learnt to dance before I could even walk as a child, and I just hope it is something I can do for a career.

‘I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved, but to be honest I haven’t had a chance to think about it as I’ve been so busy.

‘At the moment I’m loving the panto. It gives you a real buzz to have instant feedback from the audience.

‘It’s a little different to the ballet where you have to wait until the end to find out what people think of the performance!’

When Kerri, a student at Neville Lovett School in Fareham, is not studying towards 12 GCSEs, she is also keeping busy with her street dance crew Synchronise and teaching urban moves to disabled children through the Chris Todd Dance Company.

She said: ‘I don’t have a preference, I love all styles of dancing and I feel so lucky that I’ve been given an opportunity to keep them all up.

‘I love the teaching that I do, because it gives other people the chance to express themselves through dance.

‘This year has been amazing and I hope this is the first of many good years of dancing to come.’

Kerri is currently a student of the Dorothy Temple School of Dance in Gosport, where she learns modern, tap and ballet and she will be studying dance at South Downs College in Waterlooville next year.

She said: ‘After college I’d like to audition for a stage school, but I’ll see how it goes.

‘At the moment the options are open and I’m enjoying every minute of it.’