In 2018, Chantal Fleming came to the attention of the ADF when she announced during the Q&A with Kelley Abbey that she had just started ballet lessons at the age of 46 years. We LOVED seeing her give 110% at all the workshops, and her courage for getting up and not being afraid to do what she loves! We are so PROUD to have Chantal as an ADF ambassador this year.
Here's what Chantal has to say about being an ADF Ambassador:
Holly and I have been to ADF for the last 4 years and it’s often the first thing that goes back into our calendar. Coming from a rural area, having opportunities to dance with such a diverse range of choreographers is fabulous, not to mention the shows of an evening. They alone are SOOO worthwhile! For me personally, sitting and watching each day was both exciting and frustrating, knowing that I just wanted to be there on the dance floor as well but coming up with every excuse as to why I couldn’t - too old, not fit enough, too big, haven’t danced in too long, blah blah blah. Not anymore. Dancing at ADF in 2018 was one of the happiest weekends I’ve had in a long time and my face was sore from smiling. I still smile just thinking about it (go me!).
My goal is to help spread the joy of dance to all ages, socio-economic groups, styles, etc. Dance shouldn’t and doesn’t have to stop when you become a young adult. It’s a skill and love for life, so embrace it and continue to celebrate the feeling it gives you. Dance brings with it many colours that suits many moods. Everyone needs to think back and smile after an ADF weekend.
Dance is also something that can be done by anyone and everyone regardless of where you live, who you are, where you train or even how good you are. Not everyone has to grow to be a dance professional but it can bring with it life skills that can be carried through to some many other facets of your life - confidence, poise, coordination, organisation, team work, creativity…. the list is endless.
This is an awesome opportunity and I am humbly grateful to have been offered it.