DARCEY BUSSELL CBE
Aged just 20 years old, Darcey Bussell became a principal dancer at The Royal Ballet. She is one of the great British ballerinas, having performed with many leading companies including the Kirov Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, and La Scalia Theatre Ballet. She retired in 2007, and now has a diverse career in television; one as a judge on 'Strictly Come Dancing', is an author, a model, involved in charity work and now her dance fitness brand DDMIX (Diverse Dance Mix).
Q: Darcey, you seem to have done it all! Successful career, continually working in so many diverse areas, charity, your books, and now a dance fitness brand, and of course a mother. What's your secret?
A: I enjoy working and I am lucky to have dance as a medium. I am passionate about all its attributes and how it can benefit society.
Q: What has dance taught you?
A: Discipline, a skill and it is very fulfilling.
Q: If you could go back in time, what advice would you have given yourself?
A: I would not have changed much to be honest, I did appreciate the opportunities that I was fortunate to get and I choose not to have regrets. The best time to work hard is when you are young, and I think I did.
Q: What was your most challenging dance routine?
A: Learning anything for the first time is always challenging. The Third act from Swan Lake was probably the most challenging. Classical ballet is probably one of the hardest techniques to master as a whole.
Q: After retiring from ballet, was starting a dance school/method one of your goals?
A: No, I never had any desire to run my own ballet school, I know how much hard work it is ! But I really enjoy promoting dance as a whole, through my documentaries on BBC and my other activities. Movement to music is one of the best ways to stay young and feel young.
As a judge on the popular "Strictly Come Dancing" programme
Q: Tell me about DDMIX and what the concept is.
A: I’d like to help as many people to experience dance and benefit from all its attributes. I wanted to do this via dance fitness, to make it inclusive and really enjoyable. DDMIX has 27 genres of three minutes each, so nobody will ever get bored. Exercise is not just for your body but also your mind. So a typical DDMIX class will use 10-12 different genres and styles, real variety and fun. I hope this will encourage lots of us to not see exercise as a chore, but an enjoyable central part of their lives.
Darcey putting me through the paces!
The aim of DDMIX is to get a full body workout through dance, it's so much fun you don't even notice you're exercising! Darcey created a program using section of dance and music from around the world.
I attend DDMIX classes in Wimbledon, which are run by the lovely energetic Katherine Richardson of The Village School of Dance. They are immense fun, full of diverse dance routines from around the world, great music, and most importantly; a fantastic way of keeping fit in an enjoyable atmosphere full of laughter and humour. I absolutely love attending the classes; and if any of Darcey's passion, enthusiasm and zest for dance, exercise and fitness rubs off on me - how absolutely amazing!!
Darcey Bussell thank you so much - a truly lovely lady, inside and out.
DDMIX classes are run by Katherine Richardson. For more information contact her at: