Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Right Steps to a New Career

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Right Steps to a New Career

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Byline: OLIVER LIM

NATASHA Bunbury, 28, from Battersea, made the life-changing decision to swap her successful job in retail to follow her dream of becoming a professional dancer. For years, Bunbury found her job as a retail manager for clothing giant Gap unfulfilling, but didn't have the courage to pursue her passion for dancing professionally.

It wasn't until she gave birth to her daughter Aasiya, who is now four, that she decided she could no longer fit the late-night shifts around motherhood. She left her job and enrolled on a part-time, one-year combined arts course at Kensington and Chelsea College.

Bunbury quickly found work as a freelance dancer, including performing at the Battersea Arts Centre, and continued to work while completing a part time dance leadership access course at Morley College, Waterloo. At the end of the course she was offered a fulltime post teaching street dance at Morley.

"I've wanted to be a dancer since I was seven years old but my parents were concerned that it wouldn't earn me the money I'd make if I was an accountant or a manager," she says, "so I never had the courage to do it full time. …

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