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“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.”

For full course information on BA (Hons) Dance at Edge Hill click here.