Self Employed Choreographer

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  Kimberley Taylor


00.04 My name is Kimberley T, I am a dancer and choreographer and I also teach at Pineapple Studios in London.
00.14 I’ve worked with Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Nicole Scherzinger, Alexandra Burke, Jessie J,  One of my friends is like Jessie J’s best friend, very good friend and I heard Do it like a Dude she did it on her youstream and I was like ‘Oh my God’, this track is just made for me like, I was like, this is insane. I was sitting there, with my friend and I was like nearly crying. I was like, I need to get hold of this track, I need to get hold of this track and I was like, right, I’m going to choreograph to it. I choreographed to it, taught it in class. Got 3 of my friends to film it with me and then literally I mean Jessie saw it, and contacted me. And was like, I got a phone call, I was like ‘hello’ I was so like my heart was pounding, I was like ‘hi’ she was like ‘right, look I need you to come in and help me with the video if you can, let me know if you are free’ I was like err yes! And I just couldn’t believe it was happening I was like Oh my goodness and I like put the phone down and I was like thank you thank you. I put the phone down and I called my mum and was like ‘Mum, I’m choreographing Jessie J’s video’ and she was like ‘Amazing’ it was probably one of the best moments of my life. I was like on such a high, it was the perfect track, I had the perfect dancers, the perfect artist in my eyes like, I love her and I was just so like overwhelmed, like the whole day went so quick, but I was trying to soak up everything. I was like oh my goodness! It was incredible.
01.30 I was actually, personally, I think I was a really good student. I was a bit cheeky, I used to chat a lot in class, but I always sort of got my work done. My parents are very you know, hands on with school work, so I knew that if I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to do, they would be on me. But I always felt that I just, for me, especially in college as well, it’s not what I wanted to do, I was fed up being in a classroom. I just wanted to be out there on TV and be people to recognise me and know me and do you see what I mean? It was like, it was always like a push and a pull.
02.01 I mean my parents were very much like, you know, dancing is not a career you know, we love that you do it, we love that you enjoy it. They completely supported me but you know as a career they were like it’s not a career Kim, you have to go to university, you have to, you know. But for me I remember the day when I got home from college and it was like the last day of UCAS, you know for the university and I sat in the office and I was like, I don’t want to go. And I got home, and I remember I was shaking and I was like Oh God how am I going to tell my parents. And my dad was so upset he was like yeah, he was just like well you know, good luck kind of thing, and my mum was just like I’ll support you but its really hard for me because I don’t know if this is going to be something that’s gonna you know be good for you. And I was like oh, it was hell.
02.50 I started teaching at 18, at Pineapple. Me and Cisco had  like joint classes. I’d say it took about 3 years for us to really build a following. I think that’s when I started to get a bit more confident and comfortable with myself. I remember it was a day at Pineapple and I remember I got into the classroom to get ready to teach and there was like maybe 5, 6 students and I was like ‘Oh man, no ones come to class’ literally another class was running late and then everybody flooded into class and I just thought phew, okay people do like what I am doing, you know, people are enjoying you know my teaching, or my choreography and my dancing. And obviously when I got my look right I was like right well actually it was probably just that, but you’d never know at the time, you never know what’s wrong with you or what’s right with you. But yeah, it was definitely that I think it’s just confidence. Confidence boost and I thought yep, I can do this.
03.46 My family now, they kind of feel like right, she’s doing it, you know. They’re really proud of me. My mum is so supportive, my dad’s so supportive, they love, I mean we’ve got sky plus so they’re constantly sort of taping my, everything I’ve done is literally on our sky plus, and it’s like, it’s so nice. And you know I love it when my mums on her facebook telling people like ‘watch my daughter in this’. It’s really nice.


Kimberley T is a dancer and choreographer. She discovered her passion for performing at an early age and was determined to succeed, despite her parents reservations about dancing not being a proper career. She now teaches, performs and choreographs. She has recently choreographed for X Factor, The Brits and Jesse J.

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The UK average salary is £29,813

average weekly hours

There are 37.5 hours in the average working week

12%  male 
88%  female 

The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male

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? Dancers and choreographers devise, direct, rehearse and perform classical and contemporary dance routines.
There are no formal academic requirements, although some dance schools may require candidates to have passed relevant dance Graded Examinations. Entry to courses is often via audition. Medical and physical assessments are required. Performers’ courses typically last three years and lead to a diploma or certificate awarded by the school. Some degree courses are also available.
  • Builds and maintains stamina, physical strength, agility and general health through fitness exercises and healthy eating;
  • Attends rehearsals to develop and practice dance routines for performance;
  • Participates in dance performance;
  • Demonstrates and directs dance moves, monitors and analyses technique and performance, and determines how improvements can be made.
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