Our latest blog update has been written by Shannon Cowan, a second year BA (Hons) Journalism student at the University of Derby, who is currently on placement with us at Déda.

Our latest blog update has been written by Shannon Cowan, a second year BA (Hons) Journalism student at the University of Derby, who is currently on placement with us at Déda.


Over the next few weeks, I will be taking over the Déda online blog (well, kind of - you’ll see a post from me now and again). I thought it might be interesting to blog about my progress during my placement here. It will be a bit of an insight into what happens behind the scenes at Déda (not just me drinking tea all day in front of a computer), what I’m learning and what I’ve achieved by the end of it all.

I myself love singing and dancing. I started with Ballet very young and was performing in shows as early as 8! But I gave up the ballet pumps to do theatre shows...

I’ve always loved musicals. I took part in a Cinemagic workshop when I was 16, led by soap/TV actress Suranne Jones, along with a few others who have experience in theatre. I have also been in a theatre group back in my hometown in Northern Ireland, whilst I was still in school, called Lambeg Players. We would get together in September, prepare for 4 months and put on a week of pantomime shows in January. My favourite has to be Sinbad the Sailor. Who doesn’t love the panto?

Anyway, enough about me… wait a minute…

Week 1

So my first week at Déda has been used as a bit of a research week. On my first day, my mentor Heather and I went through all the paperwork I needed filled out for the placement (health and safety, risk assessment, placement objectives etc.) but once that was out of the way I was able to make a start on some research.

I started with researching some information about a new tutor coming to Déda; Soleil Webster, who will be teaching two classes in the summer programme beginning mid-April: Zumba and Burlesque. It’s actually been really interesting to learn what experience she has. This will lead to getting in contact with Soleil, asking her a few questions and writing a short profile on her, which will be posted online for you guys to see. I may be trying out the first Zumba class too so hopefully it goes well and I don’t embarrass myself! I plan to take some photographs in between as well during the class, to get some shots of Soleil in action. I’m pretty excited to see how it goes.

I’ve also been researching information about Frank Terry, who teaches at Du Sol School of Acrobatics. He will soon be teaching at Déda for the summer acrobatics classes, and I hope to get a short profile written/interview with him before then.

I’ve written a short promotional article for the Zumba classes coming to Déda on 15th April, which I sent off to be published in the Phantom Newspaper (University of Derby student media) with the aim of bringing (or luring…) in students, and I think it’s worth trying to send to the Derby Telegraph to be printed too. The more advertising for these classes, the better! And that’s one of my five objectives for this placement – to effectively promote the classes, which I’ve now made a small start on.

This week has been mostly researching so there isn’t a lot to tell. Next week may be similar but with any luck I'll have what I need to write my profiles. I promise to have more exciting future posts when classes begin again!



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