Spotlight on Helen Hartshorne
Tue 26 Jul 2016
Helen Hartshorne has been a valued member of Miller & Son’s Redruth residential sales team since 2010. She’s a familiar face with clients, but the property market isn’t her only stage.
Since the age of three Helen has been a performer. As a very young child she was painfully shy and her mum decided the best way to give her confidence was to dance. She enrolled Helen with Redruth’s highly respected Bev-Lyn School of Dance and she’s been in the spotlight regularly ever since.
Helen said: “I don’t really remember being shy but I clearly remember falling in love with dance. I was quite good at it and could have gone to dance school and become a professional. The discipline at Be-Lyn is strict and standards high, but if you commit you get lots of opportunity to perform, which I did and I’ve never stopped. Once a performer always a performer!”
Helen danced with Bev-Lyn until she was 18 making lots of connections with local groups. In the last 25 years she’s performed in numerous productions with RAMPS (Redruth Amateur Musical and Pantomime Society) RAOST (Redruth Amateur Operatic Society Trust), Kidz R Us, both Penzance and St Ives Operatic Society and the Helston Theatre Society. She’s just finished a run as leading lady in a RAOST production of South Pacific that played to sell-out audiences at the Minack theatre.
Helen is also part of a song and dance trio, The Ritzy Belles. They regularly entertain audiences at weddings, military occasions and similar functions with nostalgic song and dance routines from the 40s and 50s.
“One of my most memorable professional jobs was a three year tour of the Britain with a rock opera called The Dead Ringer from Hell. I had a brilliant time and managed to juggle shows with my day job.
“Performing helps me to relax and focus at work, it keeps your mind fresh and it really does inspire confidence.
“My five-year-old daughter, Holly, is a Bev-Lyn dancer now and two years ago I had a chance to perform with her during the dance school’s summer show. It was a special number for former-pupils and their children called Stepping Out with my Baby. It was a magical moment.”