Taylor draws on uplifting experience upon return

Taylor Clow (pic by Tim Cross)
Taylor Clow (pic by Tim Cross)

A successful ballet dancing teen made time to return to his roots this Christmas by taking part in the town’s Gail Neish Dance Studios Christmas show.

Nineteen-year-old Taylor Clow returned home to Fife to play the part of the Prince in the studio’s version of The Sleeping Beauty.

Taylor was a student at the popular Kirkcaldy studios for five years until 2005 when he was accepted to study dance at the prestigious Elmhurst School in Birmingham.

Speaking about his homecoming, Taylor said: “It was brilliant. It’s very odd coming back having been in the shows since I was five with little walk on parts.

“But all of the people there are so good to me. And to dance in the lead role of the Prince is such great experience for me.”

Since leaving home in Glenrothes to study at Elmhurst, Taylor has gone from strength to strength and just recently won the boys ballet solo competition at the school.

“I was very happy,” he said. “It came as quite a surprise actually.” And he has also fulfilled a life-long dream of dancing on stage with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, touring with the dance company in Cinderella.

“It is such a brilliant experience. It’s exactly what I’d like to be doing and to be on the same stage as some of the people I have looked up to since I was a child is amazing.”

Graham Neish from the Kirkcaldy dance studios spoke highly of Taylor’s achievements since leaving the school and said a career in dance can be life-changing. He said: “Dancing can change your life, and whilst not everyone will go on to become a dance star they will certainly carry the benefits into whatever career path they choose.”