Ship sail

Chesterfield dancer lands first job on Mediterranean cruise ship

Cerys Fennell, 21, has joined the MSC cruise ship, which sails around the Mediterranean, after signing with Oceans Entertainment.

She landed her dream job after impressing a panel of talented agents at a showcase in London. The showcase was organized by SLP College Leeds, where Cerys completed an intensive three-year training in professional dance/music theatre.

Her flair for dance was first nurtured at Kickers Dance Studios in Chesterfield.

Cerys Fennell first learned to dance at Kickers Dance Studio in Chesterfield (Photo: CMR Photography)

Rebecca Smith, who taught Cerys at Kickers, said: “From an early age, Cerys always showed a passion and natural talent for dance and performance. During her many years of training with us, she was heavily involved in all the courses and opportunities we provided and worked very hard. As she progressed through the top of the school and blossomed, she got some well-deserved rewards. She was awarded 1st place in the Intermediate Ballet & Tap Scholarship in 2014 and 1st place in the Debut Award in 2017.

Cerys is thrilled to be working on her first professional contract in the industry. She said: “My time at SLP has been all joy and growth, it has taught me a lot in terms of dance and musical theater but a lot about myself and the type of person I am. It made me strong and resilient and never failed to give me opportunities and goals to achieve. I cannot thank the staff at SLP college enough for always encouraging and helping me pursue my dream career, especially so soon after graduation.

Her three years in college were tough, not just in terms of the long hours spent honing her performing arts skills. The college had to close in March 2020 as the Covid pandemic led to local and national closures. All training was moved online, and students had to rely on daily ballet barre, Pilates and intensive fitness sessions delivered over Zoom as well as their own motivation and determination to stay physically and mentally fit.

Fortunately, Cerys was able to resume in-person training in September 2021 and has been working with dedication and passion to make up for lost time. Her hard work was on full display when she performed at the college summer show at the Grand Opera House in York.

Lucie Kemp, Vice Principal of the College, said: “It has been a real pleasure to watch Cerys develop both as a dancer and as a person over her time with us. Her hard work, determination and positive personality have all paid off. Cerys could always be counted on to produce strong, creative and technical dance with flair. Her attention to detail has also made her invaluable as a dance captain, supporting the work of professional choreographers at various shows. We are delighted that Cerys now has this fabulous opportunity to share his talent with others. We wish him the best as his professional career takes off.