EP 83: Coral Messam

Coral Messam is an actress, movement director/practitioner and wellness instructor. With years of dance under her wing, Coral quickly became immersed in choreography and performing, and even toured globally with Kylie Minogue. She is currently the movement director for the forthcoming stage adaptation of Small Island; Andrea Levy’s seminal novel, which will be opening at the National Theatre on 1 May.


  • How to know if you’re good enough to pursue something, what does good look like?

  • Support from your parents vs support of your teachers

  • Finding your purpose

  • Choosing what to say yes to in order to develop your career

  • Potential challenges that may be faced as a movement director

In episode 83, Imrie and Coral start off by sharing their opinions on creative careers, from childhood until now. The two share experiences on growing up with Caribbean parents and their influences and beliefs on career choice. Coral explains how she learnt to love dance and gain her confidence over the years.

Imrie and Coral later delve right into the true meaning of a movement director, you will learn what the job role actually entails, in difference to choreography. It’s definitely an interesting career path and not the most typical, but it’s definitely worth a shot if you like following the rhythm and getting your groove on! They touch on the different artistic styles and where they derive from, with a historical and cultural discussion on how music and dance styles have transitioned from the past to the present.

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