Our friend Andrew Self was born to dance and, boy, does he have some moves!
Every time we scroll through Instagram and land on one of Andrew’s dancing videos, we can’t help but smile and tap our feet along to the beat.
Andrew, who hails from Surrey, England, is part self-choreographer, part showman with skills in ballroom dance, contemporary, freestyle, lyrical, modern, and more.
We caught up with him recently to chat all things dance and about his life outside the studio. Here’s what he had to say:
When you were little, did you know you wanted to be a dancer? For example, would you always be dancing around your house or bopping to music?
Yes definitely! I was always on the go and loved music but didn’t start seriously until I was about 11 years old.
What’s your favorite style of dance?
I like lots of different types of dance but definitely love all the ballroom styles especially quickstep and Charleston. I learn them from Strictly Come Dancing (English version of Dancing With The Stars)
Which musician’s music do you love dancing to the most?
No particular musician but I love all the songs from Glee and High School Musical and LOVE Musical Theatre!!
What makes you laugh?
My favourite comedian is Miranda Hart but I love giggling at funny videos with my girlfriend.
When you’re not dancing, how do you like to spend your time?
Playing PS4, watching YouTube, listening to music and going out to eat!
Who inspires you?
Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly from Singin’ in The Rain and all the Strictly dancers.
If you could have a dance party with anyone, who would it be?
The English dance group Diversity and all the Strictly dancers!
Tell us about your newest adventure with Cygnet School: what is it?
It is a training opportunity set up by Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures dance company. I am one of twelve young dancers chosen to meet up and train every month - it is a pre-vocational programme for young people who are passionate about dance, allowing them to develop their skills, work with a range of dance professionals and explore dance as a possible career pathway.
What’s your message to other dancers who want to follow in your footsteps?
Just keep going, be focussed, take every opportunity but most of all have fun and enjoy yourself!
Anything else you want to share?
Thank you for asking me about my dance and - keep dancing!!!