Malachi Simmons

Graduated BA (Hons) Dance - 2014

Current Profession

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“One of the biggest things Edge Hill gave me was experience – not just of form and dance practice, but by having access to a lot of external work with choreographers and links with the dance industry. That has been really useful in helping me to get teaching performance work and other dance jobs.”

Gifted Dance student Malachi Simmons, who graduated with a first class BA (Hons) in Dance has several reasons to celebrate. At his graduation ceremony, Malachi was awarded with the University’s Adam Bell Scholarship in recognition of his achievements and contributions to the student community, having already been made a Chancellor’s Scholar last year.

Malachi said: “I feel very blessed to receive the Adam Bell Scholarship and I’m thankful to everyone who has helped me get this far. I’m excited for what the future holds.”

This comes after performing in the critically acclaimed Lord of The Flies at Salford’s Lowry theatre. Malachi won a place in director and choreographer Mathew Bourne’s adaptation of William Golding’s classic novel after taking part in a series of training workshops along with 600 other aspiring dancers.

The talented dancer, teacher and role model for male dance came to Edge Hill from Bermuda and became a key member of Edge Hill’s all-male dance company, Edge FWD, as well as founding the Student Union Hip Hop Society.

Malachi said: “Gaining a First made me very proud and excited about telling my mum and family in Bermuda. I feel like all my hard work has paid off.

“One of the biggest things Edge Hill gave me was experience – not just of form and dance practice, but by having access to a lot of external work with choreographers and links with the dance industry. That has been really useful in helping me to get teaching performance work and other dance jobs.”

Malachi appeared in Lord of the Flies with fellow students and Edge FWD members James Bowling and Elliot Bousfield.

Malachi said: “I’d only done six weeks of ballet lessons in my whole life so I never thought I’d be working with Matthew Bourne, who has won the Olivier Award five times. It was a real privilege and made me feel much more confident about applying for jobs. Working with professional dancers showed me that a rewarding career in dance is achievable.”

One of Malachi’s proudest achievements at Edge Hill was founding the Hip Hop Society, which is continuing after he has left.

Malachi said: “The Hip Hop Society is a legacy that I’m proud to have been part of. We had a group of like-minded people and there was nothing like it going on at the university, so someone asked if I’d be prepared to make it into an official society. I did and it quickly became very popular. I hope I can come back to Edge Hill and continue teaching when I’m in the area.”

Malachi’s love of dance has led to a job teaching hip hop to boys as part of a collaboration between Boy Blue Entertainments (a prestigious hip hop dance theatre company based in London) and Dance Touring Partnership, based at the Lowry. Malachi currently works with the Warrington Wolves Foundation. He has also gained a place on the prestigious 12 Degrees North Training Programme, based at Edge Hill, which helps dancers make the transition from students to practitioners.

“Ideally, my long-term ambition is to join a professional hip-hop or contemporary dance company and tour nationally and internationally,” he said.

“I still have a lot of training to do and I’m touring with 12 Degrees North in the autumn. I’m meeting lots of people with an interest in dance all the time, so who knows what might happen in the future.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for BA (Hons) Dance.