What can the subject prepare me for? St. Mary’s College Blackburn With such an elitist level of training the Academy dancer will be in the exciting position to apply for the top professional Course Leaflet Entry 2011 dance courses around the UK. Northern ENHANCEMENT School of Contemporary Dance, LIPA and COURSES London Studio Centre, now expect applicants to have experience with working alongside professional dancers and performing in a range of showcase events. With the top DANCE dance courses taking only 25 applicants from hundreds, being an Academy dancer shows ACADEMY that you are striving to be the best that you can be! ENTRY REQUIREMENTS There are no formal qualifications for entry although all applicants will need to have applied to be on a programme of study that includes AS Level or A2 Level Dance. Applicants for the Dance Academy will need to be talented dancers that will be selected through an audition process that identifies a high performance standard. If you would like further information about this subject please contact the Head of Dance at St. Mary's College Shear Brow Blackburn Lancashire BB1 8DX Email: email@example.com www.stmarysblackburn.ac.uk ABOUT THE COURSE The weekly sessions will take place in the dance studio that is equipped with a junkers The ethos of the Dance Academy is to specialist sprung floor, ceiling to floor mirrors allow talented dancers to continue their and a professional ballet barre. Performances education whilst maintaining their passion will be housed in the theatre with seating for for performance. Dance Academy students 150 audience members. will be able to choose from a wide range of academic courses and be supported in their studies whilst receiving specialist training. An Academy student will receive professional training from Ludus Dance Company; the inspirational contemporary dance company based in the North West. Professional practitioners from Ludus Dance Company and Northern School of Contemporary Dance will train the Academy dancer to an elite level of performance that is beyond A level expectation. The coaching will consist of the following exciting components on a weekly basis: Young Creatives • A professional level technique class • A choreography workshop creating work The Academy dancer has the outstanding for professional performance opportunity to enter for Youth Dance England The pieces of choreography will then be "Young Creatives". toured to perform at a range of showcase Jen Smith was selected as a Young Creative events in Lancashire. and with her performer, Samantha Storey, participated in a residency at The Royal Ballet The Academy dancer will also have the School and performed at The Lowry and The outstanding opportunity to take part in a Royal Opera House. two day choreographic residency that will involve a series of workshops with a leading UK choreographer. The workshops will What do I need to make a success introduce the dancer to work with innovative of DANCE ACADEMY? choreographic methods, exploring creative boundaries to produce a performance piece. Like all elite performers, Academy students The choreography will then be performed to will need to show a talent for dance but also an invited, external audience. the personal qualities necessary to raise levels of performance. Further benefits of the Academy include the Ability, Attitude and Application are opportunity to: all equally important combined with a • perform at a professional level in willingness to learn and take on new ideas. professional venues • increase the dancers technical ability • create a solo for audition purposes • discuss careers and artistic advice RESOURCES The exciting event of a new state-of-the-art Performing Arts build has ensured that the resources at St Mary’s College are amongst the best in the country. Within the new build there is a multi-purpose theatre with the latest technology, two fully equipped drama theatres and a spacious dance studio.