Students dancers from Cornwall College have given local schools an insight into the coordination and movement needed for a career in the performing arts.
The group of students, all from the Altitude Dance Company at the College’s St Austell campus, offered dance workshops at Fowey River Academy, Roseland Academy and Brannel School as part of an annual showcase tour.
Course Manager Shelby Dover was delighted with an “outstanding turn-out of over 80 students”, describing it as “by far our best school tour to date”.
“Our aim is to give aspiring dancers in secondary schools a taste of the quality training we offer here at Cornwall College St Austell, encouraging those who wish to pursue a career in dance to train with our Altitude Dance Company after they finish school,” she added.
The tour is also an important step for the college students involved, in terms of developing their professional knowledge, practical skills and performing experience.
“The schools tour provides our current learners with great opportunities to develop their leadership skills, not to mention the responsibility of performing their recent works to a live audience,” Shelby continued.
“Teaching and directing also really enhances both their general and technical skills that they will use within the professional industry.”
The Altitude Dance Company is part of the Creative Academy, a new learning environment in St Austell offering a range of courses including performing arts, dance, acting, creative and commercial photography, media and film, games and animation and art and design.
Team Lead Jess Leonard described the Creative Academy as “something uniquely fresh and exciting for students working towards their dream career in the arts”.
“Led by current industry practitioners, students can fully immerse themselves in the life of the creative sector to prepare themselves for a successful career ahead,” she said.
“We’re very proud of our diverse curriculum, which allows our learners to lead their own growth by discovering new technical skills and networking with high level professionals.”
Seventeen-year-old dancer Lily-May Pengelly is in her first year of study at the Creative Academy.
“Being able to have the opportunity to teach the younger generation was amazing,” she said.
“It has given me a taster of what I will be aspiring to do within my future career. Developing teaching skills at this time of my training such as leadership, resilience and good communication will prepare me for my future and give me great experience.”
Fellow student Izzy Gillespie, 16, also took a lot from the experience.
“I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the school tour since it was a brand new experience,” she said.
“It allowed me to step out of my comfort zone, try something I have never done before and helped to prepare me for the dance industry and my future goals.”
To find out about studying at the Creative Academy at Cornwall College St Austell, please visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523.