2018
20 Year Anniversary Celebration

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Placement Student Emma's Last Blog

Posted by Grace on 26 Apr 2018 in Déda

Hello again! Emma here!

If you’ve just come across Déda’s blog section on their website and you haven’t seen my first post, here is a little about me that will hopefully get you up to speed…

As part of my Journalism course at University, I am taking part in a work-based learning module. I chose to complete my work experience at Déda because for one, I wanted to learn more about Public Relations and how this is used in a working environment, and two, because I’ve never been much of a dancer and it’s something that doesn’t come into my natural interests, so I thought I’d have a go and try something different!

Over the course of the last two months I have really enjoyed my time at Déda, and I have learnt a lot about a range of topics including conducting research, blog writing, filming, video editing, press release writing and so much more.

Also, the people I have been working with have been lovely and really welcoming which is always a plus.

The main focus at Déda at the moment is the anniversary celebrations commemorating 20 years at their Chapel Street home, which will be celebrated throughout the year with a variety of events. Déda’s main objectives are to accumulate different people’s experiences and opinions of dance in Derby throughout the years, as well as giving local people the opportunity to try something new, whether they are watching or taking part. I have been very involved with the progression of this event by researching Déda’s past by looking at old news paper clippings, photos and brochures. This has been very interesting as I have been able to pin point changes in their overall establishment and how they have presented things to appeal to the public.

I have also enjoyed taking part in creating interviews with the staff at Déda and establishing what the dance centre means to them and how it has changed since they have worked there.

Not only have I learnt more about digital aspects of PR such as social media analytics and the creation of social media posts, but I have been able to progress using good old-fashioned pen and paper – well a laptop. The team have given me the chance to have a go at writing blog posts and press releases. This has allowed me to get feedback and take it into account when it comes to pieces I have to write for University, which is really useful because I’m getting another professionals outlook from a business point of view instead of an academic one.

This adventure has been extremely exciting and I have taken away so much from it. I still have a few weeks left at Déda so I will hopefully get the opportunity to learn even more and use that in my future career whatever that will be!

Déda's 20 year celebrations are part of Derby Dancing a project about the history of dance in Derby, kindly supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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