Grace Rafton, Performing Arts teacher at Carleton High School, part of Pontefract Academies Trust, performed as part of the ensemble and dance team in the latest performance of Legally Blonde at Theatre Royal, Wakefield.
Grace who is part of Diva Productions and Wakefield West Riding Theatre Company has been performing since the age of three and her love and passion for performing arts grew from there.
Grace said: “Some of my students came along to see me in the show, and it has been so great to hear that they felt inspired. I always say to my students that everything I am teaching them I am also applying in my own performances so it’s great that they’ve now been able to see that.”
“Performing arts has shaped my career, it has given me confidence and belief in myself that if you want something only you can make it happen. Having performed most of my life, I wanted to do something with those skills and teaching was the obvious next step for me. I love seeing my students grow in confidence and find their own appreciation of the arts.”
Grace is having a break from performing before her next venture but is extremely busy in her teacher role where she has been since September 2021.
Photo credit: Diva Productions & Creative Studios