Dreams of dancing brought to life by award winner Zoe

Zoe Jackson receiving her Chamber award from Dawn Brown of Oaklands College and Chamber President Pe

Zoe Jackson receiving her Chamber award from Dawn Brown of Oaklands College and Chamber President Peter Goodman - Credit: Archant

Dreams really do come true at the St Albans-based dance academy Living the Dream.

Founded by Zoe Jackson, a previous winner of our Young Person of the Year Community Business Award, Living the Dream is an acclaimed performing arts company set up in 2006 to champion young talent and inspire young people to live their dreams through the arts.

Living the Dream has grown to include a School of Performing Arts, Dance Company and a charity The Dream Foundation and they are launching the Living the Dream Talent Agency this year.

Zoe and her team hosted their Easter showcase at The Sandpit Theatre,based at Sandringham School this weekend with over 100 young people between five and 15 years old performing some well known theatre and contemporary dance.

Many of the performers I am sure we will be seeing in future West End productions – the standard was really high and everyone was having such a good time.


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If you have a child aged five to 15 you would like to see grow in confidence, express themselves and have lots of fun you should contact Living the Dream who have a policy to make this accessible to everyone.

So how did Zoe win our award? She was nominated by someone in this community who recognised her drive, passion and entrepreneurial spirit.

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The Young Person of The Year Award 2014 is sponsored by Oaklands College and encourages nominations from any organisation or individual who knows of a young person aged under 30 on January 1, 2014, who has excelled in their field during 2013/2014.

Areas for consideration include the individual’s position in the organisation/business; their relevant outstanding achievements and impact on the organisation’s success; and the perception of their peers, team mates and managers. The closing date for nominations is June 30.

Let’s give some recognition to our fantastic young people! For full details go to the designated page on our website.

A celebration of all the winners will take place in St Albans Cathedral on Thursday, September 25, at a truly spectacular evening hosted by Natalie B from Heart FM Breakfast Show and Chamber director Paul Rosenthal.

Speaking of winners who will be crossing the line with winning spirit on Sunday, May 11, at Westminster Lodge for the Mayor’s Mini Triathlon? I certainly will!

This is a St Albans city event for everyone to be active. Our community gym is hosting the event for Mayor Annie Brewster between 10am and 3pm, and the challenge includes a 5K cycle, 200m swim and a 3K run around the meadow. Get your team in shape and join in!

All monies raised goes to Grove House Hospice so it’s a great reason to encourage your employees to get involved in what will be a fantastic team building opportunity.

The fitness team at Westminster Lodge can set you a training plan and give you expert advice free of charge so there really is no excuse not to do it is there? Call them on 01727 736080.

Another challenge ahead at Everyone Active St Albans includes an Aquathon on Sunday June 29 – pop in to see them for more details.

We welcome the following new businesses to the Chamber: Forex Brokers Ltd, R & J Catering at Porters Park Ltd, St Albans City Football Club, Solo Office Products Ltd, and The Living Room. We look forward to working with them in the future and helping them raise their business profile in the area.

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