Abbie Dandridge 

BA Dance Degree First Year Student 

We are so excited to welcome another year of talented students to our BA (Hons) Dance Degree Course - here Abbie talks about her decision to study dance at Déda 

For me moving two hours from my home in Oxford was extremely hard, leaving my little sister, friends, and family behind.

However my whole life I’ve said one key quote to myself, one which I live by daily - dream big & train hard. Coming to Derby University to study dance was the start of my process of making my dream a reality!

I’ve been dancing for a very long time - thirteen years in fact…I’ve never been very academic in terms of subjects such as Maths or English, I have always persevered getting off my backside and doing something physical - dance was this gateway.    

If you had told me this time last year that I’d be sat in Déda writing this, I’d probably have laughed. University just wasn’t my idea of life. However through research I found that my life didn’t need to stay in Oxford.

And so the adventure began. Next stop Derby!

One main thing I’m looking forward to is being able to learn more through dance - stamina, flexibility, strength, as well as the more academic side. I’m buzzing for the aerial classes! Get that six pack building!

What do I love about dance….now that’s a question. Could you say everything as a suitable answer? Actually scrap that, the dancer’s feet are not fun…no more nice open toed stilettos!

I adore the way dance makes me feel. I feel alive, brave, proud, I love the way my dancing makes my family feel.

My dad specifically, he has never really understood how dance can become a career, but when he sees me up on stage, pouring my heart and soul out, he couldn’t be prouder and more supportive, just as my whole family are.


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