Eastleigh College Level 2 and Level 3 Dance students recently showcased their dance skills at their end of year show, titled 'Back to the 90s'.
The highly energetic show was based around the music of the 1990s and included a wide range of styles such as ballet, urban, jazz, musical theatre and contemporary dance. The technical choreography was a culmination of effort by staff and students, which had been developed over the past few months, along with a great deal of enthusiastic practising and rehearsing.
Building up to the show, Level 3 Diploma in Dance student Lewis Cotton said "I'm nervous about performing on stage, but I know once I'm there I'll have a great time. The Show has really helped me to develop different styles of Dance - my favourite routine of the night is a Contemporary piece."
Commenting on his plans for the future, Lewis added "I have one more year left at Eastleigh College to finish my Level 3 qualification, after which I'd like to go to Kingston University to study Dance and continue to improve my different techniques. I used to teach dance to younger students when I was at school, so I really think teaching could be a great career route for me."
'Back to the 90s' is the centrepiece of the students' final year assessments, as in addition to being graded on their choreography and performance, the students have also been learning about the social, economic and artistic history of the era in order to incorporate this into their dance.
April Inglis, Course Manager, believes the Show really helps students to gain confidence and learn skills essential to the industry. "Performing in the Show gives the students experience in the whole performance process, including choreography, rehearsal and working as a team".
For more information on the dance courses starting in September at Eastleigh College please telephone 02380 911299.