Friday’s Child - Carie Houston

Carie as a baby.
Carie as a baby.

This week’s Friday’s Child is Carie Logue-Houston, a local dance artist who works in the Education/Community Sector and is part of the team at the new Studio 2 Arts Facility in Skeoge Industrial Estate. Carie has been happily married to James for twelve years, and they have two boys, Ben (10) and Jacob (6). 
Her love of dancing extends over many years. After qualifying at Liverpool John Moore’s University and the University of Brighton she taught dancing in London and Nottinghamshire. Carie returned to her native city in 2013 and took up the post of assistant choreographer for the Derry City of Culture event ‘The Return of Colmcille’. Carie lectures dance at the North West Regional College and also holds classes at many other notable facilities in the city and further afield.
She presently leads the ‘Create’ Children’s Contemporary Dance Classes at Studio 2 and is one of their senior facilitators in the new set up.

How would you describe yourself?

Carie Houston

Carie Houston

Energetic, fun-loving.

Happiest childhood memory?

Trips to the many Donegal beaches in my mum’s (Joan) little red Spitfire and listening to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ album during the journeys.

Favourite book?

‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time’ by Mark Haddon.

Favourite Film?

‘Footloose’

Favourite tv programme?

‘Suits’

Favourite expression?

‘Five, six, seven, eight!’

Favourite method of relaxation?

Prosecco!

Favourite holiday destination?

New York City!

Who would you most like to meet?

Harvey Specter – from Suits (Sorry James!)

What makes you angry?

People who open car doors to oncoming traffic! So annoying!

What makes you happy?

Dancing.

What human quality do you most admire?

Humility.

What human quality do you least admire?

Arrogance.

Most embarrassing thing to happen to me?

Being ‘choreographically corrected’ by a six year old a few years ago and put in my place! I don’t know everything!

Greatest fear?

Not being able to teach dancing in my later years. After all, I have to work until I’m 68 now!

What’s the high point of my life to date?

The birth of my two boys – they are the most important thing in both my husband’s and my life.

How would you like to be remembered?

As a dance teacher who inspired and nurtured many young students to develop a love of dance and overcome their inhibitions.

What is your most treasured possession?

My family.

If you won the lotto what would you do with it?

I would further promote the love of arts in this fantastic city we live in. Oh, and I wouldn’t mind doing a bit of travelling too (note James!).

If you could be granted one wish in life, what would you ask for?

For friends and family, health and happiness!

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it be?

Let’s face the music and dance . . . .!