Name: Christine Longster
Character In Big Ballet: Swan / Neopolitan
Christines first Ballet class was at
4 in Newcastle, at Mrs Conways. Her first stage début was head of the pixies.
This was the start of something that would inspire her and be her passion for
life. At 8 Years old, Christine went to Isobel Dunn School of Dance, in
York. She appeared on ITV Junior Showtime. She was chosen by Faith Worth (Royal
Ballet) to be Fairy Moonbeam in Sleeping Beauty (York Theatre Royal), Swanhilda
in Coppelia, and Odettte in Swan Lake.
At 13 she attended Bush Davies
Theatre School, Sussex. From there at age 16, she was chosen to attend The
Royal Ballet Upper School. Her dance training was unfortunately cut short, having to leave
through illness. Her dream of dancing ballet was over, for the next 30 years.
She devoted herself to fitness, when
it all began in the 80s. She started with aerobics, teaching in many top health clubs all over Yorkshire.
She has taught all styles of fitness and danced based classes, which she still does, to this present day.
Spreading her passion for making dance fun for all . She compares it to putting
on a show.
During the early 80s she
got the chance to play the part of Mini Faye in Hello Dolly (York Theatre
Royal) ,and appeared on Every Second Counts (a popular TV show of the time).
Her last début, to date,
was appearing on the Big Ballet series, with Wayne Sleep and Monica Loughman.
The program gave her great closure on having to leave ballet ant the pinnacle
of her training and was a life time experience she will never forget. She loved
dancing the Neopolitian, a solo and a Swan in Swan Lake. It was as if she had
never been away from Ballet. Following the program, Christine appeared on
Calendar (ITV), The One Show (BBC One), This Morning (ITV), and gave
interviews to magazines and papers, including
the USA Self Magazine and the Wall St Journal. Since then, Christine has
been invited to take part in a chat show on Radio BBC York, on various
subjects, many times, including a regular slot, throughout Strictly Come
is concentrating on her fitness career and still takes part in Ballet classes
as a pass time. She would welcome any offers of parts in productions, or
projects which combine Ballet and fitness or speaking on the radio.