“I thought I knew about dance before I came to Edge Hill, but as soon as the course started I realised I had so much more to learn – and I loved every minute of it.”
“I’ve been dancing since I was three and wanted to dance professionally for as long as I can remember. At 16 I won a scholarship to a dance school in London, but my parents wanted me to have some academic qualifications to fall back on. It was a trade-off really, I could study Dance as long as I went down the A-Levels/degree route. If they hadn’t encouraged me to do that my life would have turned out very differently.
“I thought I knew about dance before I came to Edge Hill, but as soon as the course started I realised I had so much more to learn – and I loved every minute of it. I feel really lucky to have been in the very first cohort – it felt like being in at the beginning of something very special.
“At first I was only interested in the performance side of dance, but when we went out to primary schools to teach I was suddenly struck by the power of dance to engage children and help them in all aspects of school life. I realised it wasn’t about taking a young child and training them to be a dancer, it was about building confidence, giving them opportunities to experience new things and seeing them change and grow through dance. I was completely hooked.
“After a period as a freelancer, I took a job as a learning supervisor at my old secondary school where I trained to be a teacher. Dance wasn’t even part of the PE curriculum before I arrived but, over the past seven years, participation in dance has grown from a couple of after school cheerleading and hip-hop clubs to a department with 11 dance teams, which won three national titles last year, and a GCSE Dance programme.
“I’m now Head of Dance and encourage any promising students to look at Edge Hill if they want to study Dance. It’s not just the facilities, like a working theatre to practice in – the course opens your eyes to different ways of thinking about Dance and can even introduce you to exciting career paths you hadn’t even considered.”