Life at Déda is very exciting for me as I've currently got the job of designing and developing our new Dance BA to go into our brand new studio from September 2014. I couldn't be luckier to have been given this project as it allows me to develop my long term commitment and passion for all things 'Youth Dance'.
For me this is simply a natural progression route for all the young people who are dedicated to dance or have been connected with initiatives such as U.Dance, Youth Dance England, CAT (Centres for Advanced Training) or our very own Déda|Academy.
For example, we have a student who has been dancing with us in the Déda|Academy for several years. They are in one of our Youth Performance Companies, have performed nationally, and are thinking about a doing a degree in Dance. Where better to do it than at the place they have been engaged with all this time?
And I am convinced that the unique nature of our offer will make it an appealing choice for prospective students. We are offering students the opportunity to choreograph work in our fabulous new studio and perform it in our fully spec'd Theatre.
We are also fitting out our new studio so that we can offer aerial training (including silks), giving our students the chance to learn about dance on the vertical as well as horizontal planes. And our outdoor work with Déda Producing will give students the chance to learn about dance for non-theatre spaces through direct participation in a range of projects.
As I said earlier this is genuinely exciting for Déda, but there is a recognised need for it within the dance sector.
In conversation recently with Paul Russ, Director of Dance4 in Nottingham, I was delighted when he spoke about the uniqueness of this course and how rich an experience it is going to be for students to study the BA Dance at Déda.
I was also delighted when, at a recent University of Derby Open Day, we had a visit from potential students and their parents coming to look around Déda and find out more about the course.
One student commented that she felt 'at home' at Déda. I always feel at home at Déda too, because it is a place which is dedicated to dance.
Dance Development Manager at Déda