woman & home South Africa|February 2020
What is your earliest memory?
Going to Irish dancing classes when I was about five years old. As far back as I can remember, I was always the performer of my family, making up dance routines, copying music videos, and starring in school plays. I just loved it.
Did you have a career plan B?
When I left school, I went to college to do a diploma in sports studies, and my plan was to become a PE teacher. Then I was approached about forming a girl group while at a dance class, so I put college to one side and joined Mis-Teeq [the group formed in 1999 and had three top-10 double-platinum albums]. It was a massive risk and I was broke for ages – taking any job I could just to pay for transport to rehearsals – until we finally signed our first deal four years later.
Best decision you’ve ever made?
Saying yes to doing Strictly Come Dancing in 2007. I was going through a tough time personally when I did the show, and it was a healing experience for me. When they announced my name as the winner, I had this overwhelming feeling that everything would be OK – and it was.
And the worst?
Getting married [Alesha was briefly married to MC Harvey in 2005]... I’ll leave that one there!
What does success mean to you today?
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