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International Dance Day 2024

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Back in 2022, we shared the inspirational story of Jessica Scarlett May, one of the first patients to visit our Cardiff clinic when it first opened. Jessica has been on a huge journey over the last few years, transitioning from male to female, and as part of that journey she visited our clinic to have her varicose veins treated. 

One of her passions is dance, particularly ballroom. So, for International Dance Day, we caught up with her to find out what dance means to her and her tips for new dancers, as well as how having her veins treated has helped her both in dance and her day-to-day life. 


What does International Dance Day mean to you?

“For me, it means many things. I always celebrate dance, not just ballroom dancing although that is my favourite area of dance, but all styles of dance. 

Dance is simply about moving your body to music, if you tap your foot on the floor you’re a dancer as far as I’m concerned! 

This day is such a great way to celebrate dance and all the people who do it either as a hobby or professionally, no matter whether you’re a beginner, or have been dancing for years. 

I like the social aspect of dance, being able to meet with likeminded people who want to learn and I like being able to make people smile and laugh, and enjoy dancing.” 


What is your background and history with dance?

“I got into dance by becoming my sister’s dance partner when I was in my late teens. I was very shy to begin with but came out of my shell over time, and when my sister stopped dancing I carried on. I was going to dance 3-5 times a week and fell in love with it. 

I love all styles of dance but especially ballroom. Although I enjoy all genres of dances, I really like foxtrot because it has elements of all different ballroom dances. I also love rumba, paso doble and tango.” 


Did your varicose veins affect you when you were dancing?

“My varicose veins did affect me when dancing, they became very itchy. Before I transitioned, it wasn’t as much of an issue as I wore trousers so kept my legs covered. But once I transitioned, I wanted to be able to get my legs out but my legs and varicose veins were holding me back.” 


How did having your veins treated help your confidence?

“Having my veins treated is the best thing that’s happened to me and I’ve never looked back. From the age of 23, my legs were very unsightly so it was amazing to see them after my treatment was finished. 

For me, having my veins treated was part of a personal journey. I would recommend treatment to anyone who needs it!” 


What are your tips for people just starting out with dance?

“Dance allows you to escape from reality. Dance is low impact, especially ballroom dancing, so you can go at your own pace. Enjoy just going with the music – that’s what it’s all about!” 


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