Dancers move on CO3
After two years of studying on the Dance BTEC National Diploma, the dancers from St Austell College went out in style.
Their final performance had the audience on the edge of their seats, responding to the different rhythms as the evening moved through dance collaborations showcasing a variety of dance techniques from Street Jazz to physical theatre and the Martha Graham technique. A spellbinding balletic composition brought the performance to a classical conclusion.
The standard of the dance students was impressive. Head of Performing Arts, Sue Whitford explained, "The college runs the only pure dance national diploma in Cornwall, training the dancers specifically for future careers in Dance". Dancers this year will be going on to Rambert School of Dance, Laban Centre and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance as well as many universities to study dance performance degrees.
Michael Rounsevell, 18 from Hale has had to juggle assignments, performance rehearsals and auditions for Rambert Dance Company. He said, "I was very lucky to get in, we were 5000 auditioning for 24 places. I played my part, but would never have been good enough without the excellent training I have received from my dance teachers".
The performance was organised by first year, national diploma students who all had specific roles, as they would have done in a professional dance company. The first years also got a chance to perform in several of the compositions.