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Josie Parker

When you meet Josie you might be able to tell she’s not from these parts but was born and raised Birmingham!

Her love of dance started from a young age. From the moment she stepped into her first ballet class she knew it was the career she wanted to pursue- she loved everything about it and was particularly inspired by her own dance teacher and the way she ignited such passion for dance in the next generation.

After leaving school at 16, Josie studied a University of the Arts diploma in Performing and Performing Arts (Dance), at Birmingham Music and Performing Arts. During her time here she performed as part of a curtain raiser ensemble for Motionhouse dance company’s debut of ‘Broken’ and as a backing dancer for Take That’s ‘The III Tour’.

Alongside this Josie began and found her love for teaching dance – she had been assisting within the dance school she trained at since 13 years old, but it was during her time at BMPA that she starting taking on a higher roll and has been teaching ever since!

Her love for teaching and sharing her passion for dance prompted her to study a BA degree in Dance Education at Canterbury Christ Church University. She completed this in 2019 where she achieved First Class Honours and received an award for the highest academic work. Here she also had the opportunity to perform with critically acclaimed choreographers such as Russell Maliphant.

Since graduating she has worked in a number of dance schools teaching a variety of styles, syllabus’ and choreographing for the schools musicals/stage shows. She is doing what she has dreamed of since that first ballet class and it is her hope that through this job she can inspire the next generation in the same way her teacher inspired her.