• Wayne Sleep Former Royal Ballet dancer and Big Ballet choreographer
  • Monica Loughman Irish prima ballerina and Big Ballet Mentor
  • Hannah Lost heart after being turned down for Performing Arts College
  • Anthony ‘AJ’ Was put off by the reputation of ballet 'being for girls'
  • Jessica Turned down for theatre school because she was too big
  • Stella Stopped dancing aged 16 as she felt she wasn't the right size
  • Shona Started teaching dance at the age of 16
  • Donna Gave up dancing to pursue a nursing career
  • Rachel Returned to ballet classes after an 11 year absence
  • Christine Told she was too short to go to ballet school
  • Emma W Stopped ballet dancing when she was 18 after feeling out of place
  • Claire Gave up aged 14 as she felt she was the wrong shape
  • Mel Spent many years dedicated to mixed martial arts
  • Tanya Gave up on ballet after her parents urged her to go to university
  • Emma R Suffered a greenstick fracture during a performance at college
  • Sarah Regrets giving up ballet when she was little
  • Mary Runs a dance school in the room she was first taught in
  • Carol Relative latecomer to dance at the age of 14
  • Raj An accomplished Bollywood dancer
  • Nicola Did ballet for 15 years until she got Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Big Ballet synopsis

Wayne Sleep and prima ballerina Monica Loughman work with a troupe of plus-size amateur dancers to realise their dream of dancing Swan Lake

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