Lucinda Gill has success on West End stage after humble beginnings
WHEN it came to a choice of career, there was little doubt of Lucinda Gill's destiny.
The cast member of hit musical The Jersey Boys has been pottering around in dance shoes and a leotard in the family-run dance school in Cheltenham since she was 18 months old.
Dance has formed the backdrop to Lucinda's life from that early age.
Lucinda, from Battledown, is a graduate of the Patricia Newman Dance School, run by her grandmother and in which her mum and aunt taught.
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She said: "I can remember my mum was giving birth to my brother and I couldn't have been older than 18 months.
"My gran lived above the dance school and was looking after me and I remember putting on a leotard and just running around in all the bigger girls' classes.
"I must have soaked it up."
Lucinda's rapid absorption of dance techniques developed into a career in musicals, which has seen her as a member of the cast of Jersey Boys since it began its run in London's West End.
Jersey Boys is the true life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons; the mob, the heartaches, the triumphs and the music.
Lucinda, who trained at Arts Educational, London, has the unenviable role of assistant dance captain, which involves overseeing the overall running of the routines.
The former Bournside School pupil is also a swing, which means she steps into the role of any cast member who is ill or on holiday.
"I know all the roles of the female cast," she said. "I love it because it's such a challenge. It makes you quite versatile as an actress."
Lucinda, who has performed in Starlight Express, Grease and whose first break in show business was a touring production of Irish dance-inspired Spirit of the Dance, manages to take time away from her hectic schedule to come home to Cheltenham, where most of her family still live.
Lucinda, 34, who lives with fellow cast member Mark Isherwood, said: "Cheltenham is such a lovely town. My nan is still there and mum plays an active role in the dance school.
"I go back about for or five times a year. I only get one day off a week, so it's hard to do anything.
"Dancing has always been my passion. That's where my heart is. I've been very lucky with Jersey Boys, because it's a great show and I've been there since the start in 2008.
"If you are in the cast from the start, you develop the role. I love the job so I can't see a reason to leave. It offers me a rare slice of stability."