“I would recommend any practitioner of the Arts to come to Edge Hill and experience this course which is both challenging and inspiring.”

“I work as a teacher at Formby High School where I teach Dance A-Level, GCSE and BTEC Performing Arts and lead the Gold Arts Award Programme. I also work as a community representative leading dance workshops for Sefton primary schools.

“I have a dance company, Eleven, which is made up of sixth form students from Formby High School. We’ve performed at Northern Ballet, Northern Contemporary Dance Leeds and The Lowry in Manchester, and have created work which was included in the National Youth Dance platform. We have also recently worked with Edge Hill’s all male dance troupe Edge FWD, and their female counterpart, 3rd Edge.

“I loved my time at Edge Hill and I feel like the course really helped me learn a combination of skills which I use every day. The knowledge I gained has also helped me get involved with a wide range of community projects.

“I set up Planet Workshop Formby, a Musical Theatre group for children aged seven and over in 1999 with my friend Micki Robertson who I met when we were eight years old. It was Micki who inspired me to become a teacher through our shared love of Performing Arts and the wonderful experiences we had enjoyed performing as children. Sadly Micki passed away in December 2016 after a long illness and to keep our dream alive the company now runs under my administration as Another Planet Productions.

“Our aim is to encourage young people of all abilities and social backgrounds to develop creativity, confidence and individuality by enabling them to participate in the Performing Arts. Singing, dance and drama workshops are held two nights a week and each group performs in an annual theatre production. At Planet we also support the development of young theatre practitioners through our mentoring programme.

“During my MA in Making Performance at Edge Hill, I worked alongside talented professionals who really helped me during the creation of my critical piece of dance theatre. The course developed my skills in technical theatre, choreography and direction, and furthered my understanding of theatre practice as I was encouraged to use imagination and exploration.

“To anyone wanting to pursue work in dance and performance my advice is to work hard, be flexible and always reliable and have confidence in your creativity.”