About Lou Barrett
Lou has been working professionally in dance for 25 years. Training first at Bretton Hall College for the arts, where she gained a First Degree in dance. Following this she embarked on a year in Japan touring with a jazz company.
On her return she gained a place at the world class London Contemporary Dance School where she gained a diploma in Dance and Choreography.
Originally from Bolton, Lou was slowly making her way south and had her first taste of beautiful Somerset where, at the age of 23 she took the role of dance and drama lecturer at Yeovil College. But after 2 years the urge to choreograph professional work was still there so it was back to London where she also worked part - time for the Pegasus Theatre in Oxford - as a participation officer for drama and dance. It was during this time Lou applied to take a performance to the New Choreography Festival 'Resolutions' at the Place Theatre, London. Following the success of this show Lou was invited bring work again for the next 2 years. By the second year Lou was Head of Dance at Prior Park College, Bath. The 3rd festival show was reviewed successfully in the Guardian and other media outlets which prompted Lou to move back to Somerset and apply to the Arts Council to make her first touring full - length show. Over the next 7 years Lou made 5 touring shows; all supported by the Arts Council. The shows toured rurally, Prague Festival, Edinburgh Festival and theatres up and down the country. In 2012 aged 38 and on tour with the show 'Luna' Lou decided it was time to retire from touring... to focus on her new dream of running her own dance studio. Whilst covering Head of Dance at Richard Huish College, Taunton
Lou spotted a retail unit in Langport that looked PERFECT for dancing. With further and final support from the Arts Council, Lou renovated the building and GingerFred Dance Studio was born. Opening its doors in January 2013. Since then the studio has gone through changes and developments but always as a positive move forward. For the last 8 years Lou has furthered her dance training and is now a teacher of Argentine Tango and Social Dance for couples... The studio has over 150 adult clients dancing each week...it is a place where people grow, get fit, learn, express and make friends.
For all the moments in her career, running GingerFred has been the absolute highlight... Sharing her passion for dance is what she feels she was put on this earth for (oh and also looking after her dogs 🐕😉)