Dance Success Story
By Sarah Pritchard, Head of Dance, 9 February 2016
Ex-student Elodie La Fosse is currently overseeing the Dance Ambassadors scheme whilst on final year placement with The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD), Dance UK, National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA) and Youth Dance England (YDE). This scheme was in search of 20 enthusiastic, dedicated young people aged between 16 - 25 to be Dance Ambassadors and represent these organisations and advocate the work that they do. The Dance Ambassadors programme aims to develop career potential, gain an insight into the different areas in which they work and receive training on related topics. Another ex-student Bethany Storie has been successful in her application and has been awarded one of the 20 Dance Ambassadors roles. Bethany, who is currently in her first year at De Montfort University has also just completed an internship with Akram Khan Dance Company after being chosen from hundreds of applicants.
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At present, Bethany is in her second year at De Montfort University, Leicester, studying Contemporary Dance. Bethany first began dancing at the age of 4 immersing herself within the styles of Ballet, Tap and Modern. She then progressed, adding disco, freestyle, street and Hip-Hop to her repertoire.
Dance is important to Bethany as it is more than just a hobby to her, it is her lifestyle choice.
Bethany applied to become a Dance Ambassador as she wanted to learn more about ADAD, Dance UK, NDTA and YDE and the new organisation. She wants to advocate for dance, promote dance and help others experience dance in a way she has been lucky to experience it. Bethany believes being a Dance Ambassador will give her an incredible opportunity to learn and grow within the dance industry as well as helping others to do so.
We are also looking forward to one of our ex-students Luke Jessop returning to work with our newly formed BoyZ CluB. BoyZ CluB is a male only group of student who meet one a week to build their Dance experience and further their performance skills for other Performing Arts course. A number of these students do not follow an academic pathway in Dance but have found confidence and creativity in this weekly club.
Luke will be working with the group for four evenings, exploring movement styles and material for a choreographic project that we have been working on this term. Since leaving The Sixth Form, Luke graduated from University of Bedfordshire with a degree in Dance and Professional Practice, performed in a number of creative projects, joined 2 Faced Dance Company before touring as a company member with Brussels based Ultima Vez. Luke has returned to talk to the AS and A Level Dance students and work with them on a number of occasions but to have him here leading creative workshops will be a real treat for the BoyZ CluB.
The image above is from 2013 when Luke came in for a past workshop.