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					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: careersadvice@stmarysblackburn.ac.uk




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.

				
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