My name is Vikki Jane Vile. (That’s my writing name anyway.) If your surname was Vile you’d add your middle name as a distraction too.
I was born and bred in Devon but now live on the outskirts of London.
But really, I’m just a big Strictly Come Dancing fan and the dance reviewing has got a bit out of hand. I’m enjoying the ride though.
I’ve been reviewing dance for about seven years. I started doing it as a student when I wanted to see shows for free and it’s struck me as a pretty fun hobby ever since. Since then I’ve been very lucky, going from blagging my way into fringe shows to finding myself in the stalls of the Royal Opera House and wondering when someone is going to ask me to leave.
Most recently I’ve reviewed shows such as Akram Khan’s Giselle, The Red Shoes, Remembering Fred, Casanova and many more.
In 2014, I took part in English National Ballet’s Dance in the Word course for aspiring dance writers where a group of us were mentored by The Times dance critic, Donald Hutera.
In 2015, I reviewed MOVE IT for Dancing Times and Dance Today magazines and attended the Dance UK conference for LondonDance.com where I took part in a discussion about the future of ballroom dancing.
2016 was a busy year both personally and professionally as I spent most of my spare time planning my wedding (my name is actually Vikki Broad now). However, I did still manage to review about 50 shows, the highlights included Funny Girl with Sheridan Smith, The Strictly Prom and The Winter’s Tale at the Royal Opera House.
In 2017, I accepted the role of dance writer at Culture Whisper.
I’m always interested in new opportunities so if you’re working on something you think I could write about then please email me: email@example.com