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Students wiII be dancing in the street
Dance students from Leeds Metropolitan University officially launched their
new BA (Hons) Dance degree course at a celebration event last week, at the
home of their studies: Northern Ballet Theatre's Quarry Hill studios.
The first group of 33 students enrolled on the course in September and
provided an expert display of their Body Work (a class to prepare for the day's
rehearsals and training) and choreography and improvisation modules at the
launch event, in front of the University's Vice Chancellor, Professor Susan
Price, and staff from within the School and Northern Ballet Theatre.
They will now put their choreography skills into action and showcase their
talents at a major public performance in Leeds City Centre as part of Leeds
Canvas, a project of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, on the weekend of
May 18-20. The event will see them dancing on Briggate throughout the
Rachel Krische, Director of Dance at Leeds Metropolitan, commented: "The
BA (Hons) Dance course is a practice-based course. Our students dance
every single day for up to five hours. Ìt is thrilling for our students to be here
at Northern Ballet Theatre and Phoenix Dance Theatre's centre for dance at
Quarry Hill, working alongside two professional dance companies as they are
just beginning their journeys. Being surrounded by professional practice and
behavior really ups their game and inspires and excites them.¨
Student Jemma Broomhead said: "Ì am really enjoying the course and like the
way that we are taught: it is quite yoga-based and good for the body. We are
so lucky to be able to work here at Northern Ballet Theatre. Phoenix Dance
practice next to us every day and we get to watch their rehearsals. Ìt is all
state-of-the-art here and there is nothing else we could possibly need.¨
Part-time Lecturer in Performance Works, Professor Noel Witts, added: "Our
University is unique in the region in offering the chance to work collaboratively
in dance with the film school and students of fine art. The ability to
collaborate within the area of performing arts is very important for students,
who come here to study alongside working practitioners and continue this
The BA (Hons) Dance course is designed to take advantage of opportunities
at a local, national and international level, using the University's links to give
students access to recognised artists working in experimental and
contemporary practices. As the course focuses on practice, there is a wide
range of opportunities for showcasing students' work.
Leeds Canvas is a collaboration between eight of the city's key arts
organisations: Yorkshire Dance, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Phoenix Dance,
Opera North, Northern Ballet, Leeds City Council, Leeds Metropolitan
University Gallery and Studio Theatre and Leeds Art Gallery.
An accompanying image of the dancers at the launch can be found at our
Flickr page here: - http://www.flickr.com/photos/leedsmetpress/6504302335/
For further details please contact Carrie Braithwaite in the Communications
team at Leeds Met on 0113 812 3022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes for editors:
O Leeds Metropolitan University has over 15,000 students and around 3,
O The Vice Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University is Professor
Susan Price and the Chair of the Board is Lord Woolmer of Leeds.
O Leeds Metropolitan's four faculties are: Arts, Environment and
Technology, Business & Law, Health and Social Sciences, and
O Leeds Metropolitan's heritage can be traced back to the founding of the
Mechanics Ìnstitute in Leeds in 1824.
O Ìnternational students rated the University top in the UK for language
support, accommodation quality and learning spaces in the 2010
Autumn Wave of the Ìnternational Student Barometer and sixth in the
world for the quality of its lectures. We have over 1,500 international
students from 122 countries around the globe.
O The University's award-winning learning environments include
Broadcasting Place, which was voted the best tall building in the world
in 2010 by the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban
Habitat (CTBUH) and also winner of the 2010 Leeds Architecture
Awards New Building category.