Alysia Gilda is the owner and teacher of Alysia Gilda School of Dance, which is based in St Mary’s Church Hall, in Bolton-le-Sands
What was your first job?
I had a newspaper round as a girl, which meant cold and early mornings out on my bike.
It didn’t put me off though, I am still a mad keen cyclist and love being outdoors.
How do you relax after a hard day’s work?
I love to get really absorbed in a great film or TV programme.
I love anything with a good, happy story that provides a bit of escapism.
Proudest moment in business?
There’s been a few momentous moments.
When I achieved my Fellowship of Ballet qualification.
When I represented the North West Keep Fit Association for “Mover of the Year”, and also produced a team who performed at the Royal Albert Hall in 2002.
Most recently, I felt incredibly proud when I received a letter of appreciation from a student who I had taught since the age of three.
She just turned 18, and it was wonderful to receive such a lovely letter from her.
Most embarrassing moment at work?
Calling my pupils by their mothers’ or grandmothers’ names. They all look so alike!
What is your biggest vice?
I don’t drink or smoke but I’m a foodie, I love eating! My biggest vice has to be chocolate digestives.
Who is the biggest influence on your life?
My mum and some incredibly inspiring teachers I’ve been fortunate to have met and worked with over the years.
Miss Bush from the Bush Davies School was the most influential of these.
I went to that school from age 16 -18 and after many years of performing, she encouraged me to teach.
I’ve never looked back.
A word of business advice?
Never be late and preparation is key.