By Panhchaka KH 

Most of you may have seen the dancer who appeared on DMU’s TV advert in 2016-17: ‘Dare to be fearless’. His name is Wes Bingwa, a third-year dance student performing his dance routine on the Campus Centre roof at dawn in the advert. 

Of course, this was just a part of many amazing projects and events that are upcoming in the dance degree, taking place in locations such as Clephan Building, dance studios, rehearsal spaces in the Performing Arts Centre for Excellence (PACE) and the Campus Centre. 

In the last term, there were dance performances, workshops and events for dance students, as well as for those who are keen on learning and watching the performances. 

Some of the workshops and events cost around £10 each, while others are free. But it is worth the money to see amazing dance like classical Indian Dance at the Curve in November last year. 

Students’ performances in the PACE and the Campus Centre are open to anyone for free. Watch out for upcoming events and workshops on the information board on the second floor of Clephan Building. The performances can be watched on the DMU Dance YouTube channel and Vimeo. 

If these are not impressive enough, on 8-9 June, 2018 Dance @ DMU will celebrates University Dance Festival 2018 at the venue. The festival will open up opportunities for fresh, exuberant performers with new dance moves. Could they be you or your friends? 

If dancing is your passion, you can join the DMU Dance Society. If you start your dance degree next year or change your course to dance, there will be plenty of other opportunities for you. 

Recently, #DMUglobal’s trip to New York has introduced more dance students who applied for the programme at one of the dance studios of the 50-year-old Alvin Ailey American Dance Company in uptown New York. The Head of Dance and Principal lecturer in Dance, Ms Sally Doughty, said ‘I think during the last term for them studying dance at DMU, it’s going to empower them to keep thinking creatively about their work.’ 

Moving Together, a creative dance company providing Arts Award programmes to children and young people, and over 55s dance workshops within the city and county, have also partnered with DMU Square Mile to provide placements throughout the year. There will be exciting working trips abroad, including the January trip to Western India to teach dance in the Ghandi Ashram. DanceXchange has recently posted new roles for artists of all kinds, from all walks of life and artistic genres, to create artworks that say something important about what it will mean to be British after Brexit, as part of the Sky Arts, Art 50 project. 

For more information about the degree, go to www.dmu.ac.uk/dance. Information on new opportunities are posted on the DMU Dance Facebook page. 

Posted by Darius Whitmore

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