Introducing Ellie Young
We are delighted to welcome Ellie Young to the Amodigo team. Ellie is a professional dancer, having trained for 8 years at The Royal Ballet School. She adds a superb diversity and fresh perspective to our team. She is currently performing in The Phantom of the Opera on the West End. Ellie joins Amodigo as a business development analyst, helping to run and lead classes for the Human Performance aspect of our programme.
Why did you join the Amodigo team?
I am a believer in constant learning and try to do as much of it as possible through various outlets. I always have something on the go that I’m challenging myself with. Amodigo is an organisation that strives to make learning ever evolving and their leadership programmes were of particular interest to me. I was in awe of the fantastic team who all bring their own expertise to the business. Individuals who have incredible experience from all walks of life that I find extremely inspiring.
What does leadership mean to you?
I truly believe leadership can be taught. I think of a great leader as someone who gets their hands dirty and is a great role model to their team. They can do it themselves, but their skill allows them to guide those who can learn from them. I think many great leaders of our time are thought to be academics, but I don’t see it that way. I think leadership relates more to a sense of guidance and coordination that someone can bring to a workplace. Someone who sets a great example, has good plans and ideas and can help people by encouraging and broadening their horizons, to take a risk to develop themselves.
How do you deal with mental resilience?
The performing arts world is continual criticism. Rejection is part of the job and the quicker you learn to accept that the better you do, because you don’t let it affect your next challenge. You really can’t take anything too personally in the industry I’m in or you’d never leave the house out of fear of what someone might think of you. Listen and take it on board, change it if need be, but it doesn’t define the person you are. I often find having a purpose outside of the dance world reminds me of my worth and gives me a bit of escapism. This can be true of any profession. Having said all of that, the theatre world brings me so much joy and that’s why I choose to do it. Nothing worth doing is easy.
What has ballet taught you from a mental perspective?
Consistency, worth ethic, self discipline and that there is room for constant improvement.