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Week 2

During Week Two, I made a start on a presentation I had to do for my course, based on my placement. The aim was to help me better understand where I would be working for the next few weeks, learning about the building and what happens at Déda. It's also an opportunity for me to show my lecturer and other students what I hope to learn from this placement, and what experience I will get based on my project outline drafted at the beginning of the placement.

Along with that, I spent a lot of time researching information about Déda itself, the classes, the upcoming performances in collaboration with Derby Theatre, and putting it all together for my presentation.

I also spent my last day of week 2 focusing on Frank Terry, a new tutor here at Déda. I met with Frank in the CUBE café with a few questions regarding his experience in acrobatics and circus arts, along with what he can bring to Déda with his own classes. It was really great to get to talk to Frank – I learned a lot from interviewing someone I hadn't previously met. He was lovely to speak to and gave me a lot information to work with - every journalist’s dream!

After speaking to Frank, I made a start on my profile feature on him. I continued to research more information about Frank in case there was anything I missed. It was a short feature but I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet him and learned a lot from the experience.


Week 3

My third week on placement has probably been my most interesting in terms of actually getting involved in what happens behind the scenes at Déda. On the first day of the week, I had my profile on new acrobatics tutor Frank Terry completed and ready to go up on the Déda blog.

I also got to sit in on my first marketing meeting, which was really useful and I definitely learned a lot from being there. The meeting included the Marketing Manager from New Art Club's Hercules tour, the Press and Marketing Officer from Derby Theatre (where the performance of Hercules will be held on 12th June), the Head of Dance Development and Learning at Déda, and the Marketing and Audience Development Co-ordinator at Déda (where the rehearsals will be held)...and little old me! It was really great to be involved – I was even given a few things to do over the next two months, and I'm really excited to help out, from making a promotional video, to marketing through social media and blogging. Find out more at


I also attended my first Zumba class on Wednesday, which was the first Zumba class of the summer programme, and the time just flew by! I had so much fun dancing again but also getting a workout from it. The new tutor for the class, Soleil Webster, was brilliant. She came prepared with different kinds of dance music, ranging from recent charts music, to pop to salsa and everything in between. And she's amazing at what she does, I highly recommend coming to Zumba at Déda. It's not too demanding either, it's quite a relaxed atmosphere in that you don't even notice how many calories you're burning! I'll definitely be going back, I had so much fun on my first time trying it.

If you feel like this could be the workout for you, you should definitely come along and try it for yourself here at Déda every Wednesday from 6pm – 7pm, at just £5.50 per class (or £5 concessions). You can also block book to get 5 classes for the price of 4! Whether you've been before or a beginner like me, everyone is welcome!

I finished off my presentation as well. It's definitely helped my understanding of Déda and what I want to learn from being here on placement. I went to University on Friday of this week and gave my presentation to the class, which I think went really well.

Next week I look forward to making a start on taking photographs in classes and getting involved on the Instagram account!



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