Introducing Claire Morris

Introducing Claire Morris

Continuing with our mission to empower strong women worldwide, we've created a limited edition collection of tops. Even better, £10 from each top sold will be donated to Ditch the Label and Fallen Angels Dance Theatre. To continue to celebrate our partnership, we met Claire the Executive Director of Fallen Angels Dance Theatre.

behind the scenes winter 18

Describe yourself in three words?

Kind, Enthusiastic, Motivated.

3 tips for staying balanced?

Eat well, keep it simple and breathe.

What does a typical day look like to you?

I am super lucky as every day is different, varied and I definitely can’t predict how the day will unfold. I try to start the day with a calm moment with meditation, then the whirlwind begins. I take my kids to school before meetings, coordinating and if I am lucky I get to lead workshops or events, which is where the magic happens.

Can you tell me about the charity you work for?

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre reaches and connects people in recovery from addiction through dance theatre. Our projects empower people to think big, to find a new healthier identity in order to bring about life change. We support disadvantaged people to engage in performance projects exploring recovery from addiction.

What inspired you to work in the charity world?

Actually I danced into it, as an independent dance artist my artistic projects always included some element of inclusive practice. From a young age I wanted to make a difference, so when our Artistic Director started exploring his own life experiences through dance performance, I was keen to get involved. As Fallen Angels continues to grow, I am often overwhelmed by the difference our work can make to people’s lives. I definitely don’t see it as work, more of a vocation.

When do you feel best in yourself?

I feel at my best in full flow talking, dancing and championing Fallen Angels. I have a background in contemporary dance, so it’s where my heart is. We are truly blessed to support people to experience dance and to create a space where they are free to explore and create. To share this journey with them is both emotional and thrilling, I spend a lot of my time in tears.

What’s been your proudest moment to date?

Meeting The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex at the Opening of Storyhouse where we are based. We introduced them to our work and to a group of Angels who performed for them.

What does female empowerment mean to you?

For me it means gathering strength and inspiration from other women. When I had my first baby I realised very quickly that I need to share space with another woman regularly, to connect with my experience and keep me in balance.

What would you say to your younger self?

Just know that you are enough.

Favourite workout?

I am a contemporary dancer and that’s where I feel most at home. Yoga is my go to when I don’t have the space to dance!

Life mantra?

Do what makes you happy.

Can you tell us about one woman that’s inspired you?

In my career the one woman that has inspired me on my journey was Marie who founded Swindon Dance. Having studied during the beginnings of contemporary dance in the UK, she moved to Swindon and inspired, facilitated many people to enjoy dance. I think about Marie often and how hard she worked to carve the way for so many to have the opportunity to dance and follow their dreams. I remember her saying “I just give people what they want”. Now I am trying to do the same.

Guilty pleasure?

A lovely glass of red wine.

Green juice or cocktails?

Green juice with a side of coffee for me.

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