All the best: Dancer Fleur Mellor's favourite things
The 34-year-old dancer and choreographer is currently co-producing The Music Box at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast with her partner, singer Peter Corry. Originally from Liverpool, she divides her time between Belfast and London.
My best moment
It was something I did recently, when I was in the Burberry Christmas commercial as a dancer. It’s in the style of an old Hollywood musical and we were all in beautiful Burberry clothes with the snow falling and I did have a moment where I looked round and thought how magical it all was. It was just like finding yourself in the kind of old-fashioned musical that you would watch when you were a kid.
My best way to relax
I keep myself very busy so to be able to have the time to sit down and even just read a magazine is a little luxury to me. I tend to do it with a glass of wine or a gin and tonic. I bought a magazine about a month ago and I still haven’t had the chance to read it.
My best job
Any of the work that takes me abroad and gives me the opportunity to travel, usually as a dancer or a model. I’m very lucky to get the chance to be able to do that.
My best bit of advice
It was given to me by another dancer and at the time I thought it was rubbish but it has actually stuck in my head. She said that you should throw out the first impression of someone when you meet them. The longer you spend with people the more you realise they can be quite different from the first image that they project to the world.
My best gift
For Christmas, when I was very young, my parents gave me a digital Snoopy watch. The best thing about it was that it had a baseball game on it that you could never win and every time you lost you ended up right back at the beginning. I got through about 40 levels but never made it to the end of the game.
My best song
Seeing as we’re doing The Music Box at Christmas we look for different Christmas songs each year or we would run out. There’s one called Some Children See Him by Andy Williams and it’s so relaxing. The words are lovely and I never get tired of hearing it. The only problem is that we can’t put it in the show every year.
My best achievement
We’ve done The Music Box for six years now and every show has its challenges. Every time you get to opening night it feels like your biggest achievement. This year it’s the biggest it’s ever been and every show has more than 200 performers in it. It takes months of organisation and planning but when you finally get there it means everything and is really satisfying.
My best buy
A thermal mug for rehearsals — I bought it recently and don’t know why I didn’t buy one before. If I didn’t use it I would never get through a hot drink because it would get cold each time I went off to talk to someone. I got a nice sparkly one so that people can tell it’s mine.
My best book
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I love anything sci-fi and when I first saw it I thought it was interesting but it’s the most touching love story with the characters’ relationship going backwards and forwards through time.
My best film
I’ve managed to narrow it down to two. There’s Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, which is the ultimate dance movie and one of my all-time favourites. I also love The Producers — both the old version and the new. It has really good associations for me and contains some wonderful songs.
- The Music Box features a different primary school choir for each performance and will be on stage at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast from December 18-20. For details, visit www.waterfront.co.uk