My advice to new Dance students would be to get a taste of everything. No matter what you want to do there are so many opportunities to explore at Edge Hill, so make the most of them.
A passion for teaching and a willingness to grab every opportunity that came her way, ensured Kerry Lloyd enjoyed a fulfilling student experience at Edge Hill and prepared her for a successful career in education.
“I loved dancing and I enjoyed performing but I knew I always wanted to teach so the Dance degree at Edge Hill was perfect for me. I did a project on creativity in high schools as part of the teaching module and this made me even more determined to become a performing arts teacher.
The Dance degree isn’t just about setting you up for performing, that’s what is so good about it. You can pick an avenue based on your own interests and it also teaches you about the business side of the performing arts so you are in a position to freelance or start up a business when you graduate. I set up a youth dance club when I first left Edge Hill and the skills I learned at University definitely helped in that respect.
I did lots of volunteering to build up my CV while I was at University which was very valuable. As well as working at Pyramid and Parr Hall in Warrington, I was a Dance Ambassador for The Lowry and also worked as a dance teacher at the Warrington Wolves Foundation, supporting children with learning disabilities. I also set up a newsletter, Warrington Dance, and managed social media accounts, to let people know about dance opportunities in the local community.
After going on to complete a PGCE in Performing Arts, I worked in several schools before getting a permanent position at Irlam and Cadishead College in Salford, teaching Dance, Drama and Performing Arts to GCSE level. The demands on teachers have increased in the past few years but you have to remember why you’re doing it. I still love passing on my passion for dance and being a positive role model for young people. The challenge is in trying to find something for everyone to enjoy in the lesson – whether it’s the music or the routine or something else.
My advice to new Dance students would be to get a taste of everything. No matter what you want to do there are so many opportunities to explore at Edge Hill, so make the most of them.”
To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for BA (Hons) Dance.