Jess loved her first experience of our Commercial Dance class. Fancy giving it a go? Find out more..

University of Derby Journalism student Jess introduces herself and the highlights of her placement at Déda so far.

"Hi everyone! I’m Jess, a second year Journalism student at the University of Derby. Since I have recently begun my work experience placement here at Déda, I thought that it would be interesting to tell you all about my experience so far and the sort of things that I have been getting up to alongside my mentor Heather!

First of all, there are several different reasons as to why I chose to carry out my work experience here at Déda, both including my childhood and previous experiences as a dancer and my interest in marketing and social media.

I have always had a keen interest in dance and have been involved in the dance industry since the age of seven or eight, where I would spend each week both learning and perfecting routines of different genres such as Ballroom, Latin American, Jazz and Street dance.


However, although this played quite a huge part in my decision to contact Déda about work experience, I was most inspired by the article Shannon Cowan wrote about her placement at Déda as part of the same module, and by how much my lecturer at University said I would enjoy and benefit from the experience.

I also felt much more excited and at ease once I had met up with Heather to discuss my work experience as she was so welcoming and friendly along with the rest of the staff I was introduced to at Déda!

From here, and having actually begun my work experience placement, I can’t believe that I was ever worried about doing the module or visiting Déda for the first time as I have learnt so much from only being here for a few weeks.

Heather and I have also decided on the main activities I will be working on and completing throughout my placement at Déda, which include researching how similar organisations use creative content and evaluating how key publications use online and offline content.

I am also planning on attending several of the dance classes that are held at Déda, including Zumba and Commercial Dance, as well as going to watch some of the performances that are held at the Déda Theatre such as Africarmen on Thursday 16th March which is presented by Tavaziva.


As well as experiencing different genres of dance that I have never tried before, attending dance classes here at Déda will also be a good opportunity for me to blog about my experience and encourage more students or people of a similar age group to hopefully attend the classes as well!

This is such an exciting experience for me as I am extremely open to trying out different dance classes and even regularly attending classes, and I think that it will definitely help me get into more of a routine of writing content for blog posts on more of a regular basis.

I also already feel like I don’t want my placement to come to an end here at Déda as it is such a worthwhile and exciting experience and it has definitely made me feel much more certain about the field of work I would like to go into once I have graduated from University.

Thank you so much for reading!"

Tickets for Tavaziva's stunning 'Africarmen' on Thursday 16 March are on sale now. A breathtaking combination of ballet, contemporary and African dance - this interpretation of the Carmen story is strikingly powerful, sensual and beautifully performed by six stunning dancers.



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