I have met so many inspiring people, been exposed to so much and been offered so many opportunities that will shape my future as a dance artist.

I see myself as a dance artist, as my work brings together my lifelong passions for dance, art and community work. The dance course at Edge Hill is extremely valuable as you are able to follow your own route. You can select modules that suit your interests and ambitions and also experiment with different ways of working that you might not have been exposed to before.

There are so many opportunities to develop yourself as an artist at Edge Hill – you can really immerse yourself in the subject and soak it all up. During my three years here, I’ve had some invaluable and exceptionally beneficial opportunities. As a member of Edge Hill’s Undergraduate Dance Company, 3rd Edge, I’ve worked with international choreographers and music professionals, performed at festivals and events across the country, and appeared in a couple of music videos. I’ve also worked with several artists around the North West, including Liverpool band Stealing Sheep, on a female-only piece to celebrate 100 years of women’s right to vote in the UK.

My most memorable experience, however, was travelling to New York to perform a piece called So Love…, choreographed by renowned dance artist Mathieu Geffré. As well as being a memorable experience, I learnt so much about the industry and was able to make international contacts for the future. I also performed a piece of work choreographed by fellow dance student Georgina Fowler, at a contemporary dance festival in Lithuania. Neither of these would have been possible without support from Edge Hill’s Student Opportunity Fund.

One thing that will stay with me about Edge Hill is working in the dance studio at the very top of the Performing Arts building. Moving in the space while looking across the fields of Ormskirk is so inspiring, especially if the sun is rising or setting. I feel so lucky to be able to study in such a beautiful and creative environment.