We caught up with former WEK Gabriella Gonzalez-Bello, who is currently training full-time at Italia Conti, as she tells us what an average day is like at dance college and how WEK helped her to achieve a place at her dream school!
Hi Gabriella, how are you today?
I’m great thank you!
So it’s now been nearly 2 years since you left WEK. Do you miss it?
Yes I really do miss it, I can’t believe it’s been so long! I miss the performances and the people so much.
What was one of your most memorable WEK moments?
The first time we did Camp Bestival and performed Pitch Perfect. That whole weekend was perfect because I got to spend all my time with the people I love most. It was one of the most fun weekends I’ve ever had!
Of all the performances you did with WEK, which did you enjoy most?
That’s a hard question to answer since every performance was amazing. I think I’ll have to go with my last ever West End Live. It was my fourth and final West End Live which made it even more special, and I was lucky enough to have a solo which topped it all off.
How has your time at Italia Conti been so far?
It’s definitely been very tiring but of course I wouldn’t change it for anything. I’ve loved every moment of college since I started!
What is a typical day at Italia Conti like?
We start classes at 8:40am and finish at 6 and it mainly consists of different styles of dance throughout the day. We also have a singing and acting class everyday.
What is your favourite part of being at Italia Conti and what do you find the toughest?
My favourite part is that the college is like one big family and everyone is so supportive of each other. Obviously doing 9 hours a day Monday-Friday is very tough because it can make you very exhausted both physically and mentally. However, when you sit back and think about why you’re doing all this hard work, it makes you remember how much you love it and want it.
What have you been able to take from WEK that has helped you in college so far?
WEK has really helped me with my confidence which is a big thing in college since there are so many big personalities. Confidence has also helped me with my performance a lot. Also, the 9 hour rehearsals with WEK helped me prepare for what it would be like with the long days at college.
Everyone recognises the distinctive pink performance dresses that the WEK’s wear and work very hard for. Do you still have yours?!
Of course!! It’s not something you can just throw away!
Tell us a little about your WEK journey.
I auditioned when I was 13 and was lucky enough to gain a place in the main company. Like everyone else in WEK, term after term I would progress even more and I started to get more and more opportunities. Not only that, but I also made some of the best friends I will ever have.
What advice would you give to those currently in WEK, WEK: Training or those thinking about auditioning for WEK who have aspirations to follow in your footsteps?
My advice to everyone would just be to always work as hard as you can in everything you do, and never give up. When you get knocked down, it should only make you want it even more!! So keep working hard and you’ll succeed at anything you want to do.
Thank you Gabriella, and all the best with your remaining time at Italia Conti!