Dance at the University of Chester

As a student studying Dance at the University of Chester, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to put theory in to practice as you showcase your skills and learn from real industry experts. To give you an idea of what you can expect as a student here, take a look at our blog.

Students showcase their skills

To give you the experience you need to prepare yourself for your future as a performer, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to showcase your skills both on and off campus.

One of the ways in which we encourage our students to showcase their work is through our popular Kingsway Solstice festival. As part of last year’s festival, Dance students presented an evening performance of Cross Currents Dance. The first half of the dance event was dedicated to Level 4, 5 and 6 dance students and incorporated a range of dance styles including Jazz, Street, Contemporary, Physical and Musical Theatre, before moving onto a showcase of contrasting works in the second half.

But it doesn’t stop there - you’ll also have the opportunity to showcase your skills on a much larger scale. Our current Dance and Performing Arts students recently collaborated with WISP Dance and Disability group members; presenting an original choreography by Uma O’Neill for the headlining event of the Urdd Eisteddfod in May 2016 - Europe’s largest youth festival. Not only was the performance presented to a live audience of over 1,000 people, but it was also broadcast live on the BBC.

Successful Graduates 

You can learn a lot about a university by their graduates, and at the University of Chester our graduates go on to do some great things. Just take a look at our Dance graduate Iseline Brogleand.

As a student at the University of Chester, Ise benefited from many fantastic learning opportunities which played a huge part in developing her skills as a dancer, as well as preparing her to stand out in the competitive Dance industry. As part of her second year Work Based Learning module, she worked with professional dance company, Body Collider Dance, where she spent three months in New York as a performer and toured in Norway.

Since graduating, Ise went on to complete her MA in Performance at the University of Chichester, where she was awarded a Distinction and received the ‘Valerie Briginshaw Prize for dance writing and academic excellence'. She has since received training in Spain from renowned artist David Zambrano on his practice Flying Low and Passing Through – a practice you too will experience at the University of Chester. While in Spain she also performed her latest solo, A Snippet of a Cigar. She currently lives and works in Germany as a dancer for Sticky Trace Company and teaches classes at Zurich, Switzerland and in the UK.

Photos By: Jack Wilson

Teaching Staff that lead by example

It’s not only our graduates that have successful careers in industry. As one of our students, you’ll benefit from being taught by industry active staff. Dance lecturer Angharad Harrop was invited to perform a Tradition Brazilian Folk Dance Puxada de Rede, as part of the Ilha Grande Cultural Festival in Brazil this past October, with Mestre Toni Vargas’ Group Senzala. Angharad’s research into capoeira and surrounding arts has also led to her to be involved with Nestor Capoeira’s postdoctoral research, looking at developing an online course that engages with the history of capoeira, at the PUC University in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Dance students at the University of Chester have the unique and exciting opportunity to work with and alongside internationally renowned dancer, artist and facilitator, Bettina Carpi. Bettina has extensive experience as a professional dancer and company member of internationally celebrated Candoco Dance Company and the unique way in which it excites, challenges and broadens perceptions of art and ability. 

Bettina has also developed strong links with choreographers Arthur Pita, Marc Brew and Annie Lok and she dances, assists and rehearsal directs in several of their productions on an ongoing basis - most notably the ROH production of ‘Metamorphosis’ (Arthur Pita), which has won various established national arts awards. Her own work, Auf den Kopf gestellt (2014) and Amazonia & Achillea (2015), has been selected by and performed at national and international festivals alike.

Bettina also teaches professional workshops and masterclasses, as well as regular dance classes for various institutions such as the Royal Academy of Dance, The Place, Laban, Greenwich Dance Agency, Independent Dance, Company Beweggrund in Switzerland, Candoco, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Companies and LIPA.

During her artistic residency at the University of Chester, Bettina will create a range of choreographic works for students to share at University-wide festivals, national platforms and regional tours. Students will engage in a professional company setting, experience project-based artistic work, research-and-development processes and touring preparation, as well as professional and community oriented dance facilitation. What an absolute privilege to learn in this unique, exciting and enriching way!

Want to Know More?

To find out more about the exciting opportunities available to you when you study Dance at the University of Chester, feel free to contact Programme Leader Evelyn Jamieson by emailing at e.jamieson@chester.ac.uk

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