Archive for August, 2015

Living The Dream

Whoah, what a Saturday night the 8th of August was. At the Alban Arena around 100 local youngsters aged 5-18 showed off their hard work as part of “Living The Dream” performing arts school’s bi-annual showcase. Along with my six year old, I was blown away watching the creativity, the energy and the love of performing. The children on stage hadn’t auditioned, they’d simply been part of weekly classes where all are welcome – and many are not ‘typical’ performers. It was a sensation!


The founder of Living The Dream is as amazing as the showcase. Zoe Jackson MBE is just 25 and started the business when she was 16 to fund her own career in the performing arts. In 2011 in the wake of the London riots she set up a charitable arm, The Dream Foundation, which provide subsidised or free access to education, training and performance opportunities for those who would otherwise not be able to take part due to financial hardship, lack of positive role models, or lack of opportunity.

Zoe Jackson

I am so proud to live in a city that is home to people, businesses and charities such as Zoe and Living The Dream. Councillor St Albans Geoff Harrison made a great choice to select you as his charity in his mayoral year, 2014-2015.

Towards the end of the show I found myself wanting to get out of my seat and sing and dance too (I remained rooted but swayed and yelped and sang!) A ticker tape thought ran through my head, “I want to do that…I want to do that….!” Then lo and behold a surprise act ended the evening: a group of mums and dads whose children go to LTD classes did a terrific street dance routine. Terrific in both absolute terms and because they’d only had two evening’s worth of practice. It just shows what you can do when you’re inspired, motivated and got a great teacher.


Jessica Chivers

13 Jerome Drive,
St Albans,

01727 856169

Twitter: @JC4SADC

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