A CORNISH dancer is returning to the county on an international tour with a London-based company.
Elly Braund will perform at the Hall for Cornwall as part of the mixed programme tour with the Richard Alston Dance Company.
She joined the contemporary dance company as an apprentice in 2011, becoming a full company member in the following year.
“In a way, it’s totally bizarre coming back to Hall for Cornwall because I know this theatre inside out,” she said.
“On tour you go to all these theatres that are strange and in new places and then all of a sudden I’m at home.
“These are the streets where I grew up. It’s really nice to come home to local audience.”
Ms Braund started dancing at the age of five.
“My Mum was a dancer and she taught dance lessons,” she said. “I did ballet and jazz but I didn’t really do any contemporary.
“Actually, I did one contemporary dance piece when I was 10 years old, which I hated, I thought it was the most strange thing.
“It was when I was a bit older and was a attending a small dance company once a week, that I started getting introduced to more contemporary dance.”
After graduating from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2011, the Falmouth-born dancer performed at the Royal Festival Hall, in London’s Southbank complex, as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations for the 1951 Festival of Britain.
At Laban, Ms Braund performed in works by Kerry Nicholls and Gary Lambert. She also worked with Kerry Nicholls on a commission for Purbeck Arts Week 2011, in a collaborative piece with Meridian Brass, Ave Maris Stella.
The Richard Alston Dance Company is performing at The Hall for Cornwall on February 26 and 27 as part of a mixed repertoire which includes Unfinished Business, Lachrymae and Rejoice in the Lamb.