“Harlequin is trusted by professionals and always delivers what they are offering,” she said. “It was a no-brainer for me that I had to provide the best equipment in order to provide the best service! It is also important that my students know that I take their training seriously by supplying high calibre facilities no matter if you are a novice or expert.”
Dancing since she was two years old, Charlie knew she wanted a career in the performing arts from a young age. After completing her Level 6 Diploma in Musical Theatre in Leeds, she moved to London where she started working as a professional dancer and then a teacher and choreographer.
Charlie explained: “I’ve dreamed of opening my own studio since I was around 17 years old. I was working as a freelance teacher when I unexpectedly fell pregnant after being told having my own baby may not be part of my journey.”
After focusing on her son through lockdown, this year Charlie thought it was time to start her new business, Double You, so she could continue her career in dance whilst looking after her son at home. She said: “The fire I thought I had lost during 2020 was burning brighter than ever before. It was time to really make a difference and provide a space where people can explore creativity in the middle of nature rather than in the usual city life.”
One of Charlie’s goals as a teacher is to educate students on how to look after their bodies to maintain longevity in the dance industry. She said: “A sprung floor is vital to the progression and confidence of a student as it absorbs shock which subsequently boosts performance and lessens your chance of injury. It is a must have for any dance studio.”
With the aim of expanding the ‘Double You’ brand, Charlie plans to open a second studio in the future to continue supporting her local community through her love of dance. “Eventually, I would love to have a space with multiple studios where the opportunities for northern based performers are just as prevalent as anywhere else in the country. My main dream though is to remain happy and healthy.”