Dance Student

I hope what I’ve written will be helpful to other students looking to do a dance career.
 
I did mainly ballet when I was younger but it wasn’t until I was 16 when I considered looking into dancing as a career option for when I left school at the end of 6th year.  There are soo many courses available nowadays that you are sure to find something that appeals to you.  You can even audition for some that require no previous dance experience or you can do at any age.
The course I decided on was at Telford college.  This was an NC course which covers ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and even choreography.  This is a 1 year course where you get to experience all forms of dance and get assessed throughout the year.  Its really good if you aren’t quite sure what style of dance you are really interested in or if its teaching, performing or even becoming a choreographer that you are interested in.  It’s really good for dancers who want to have a year to improve their technique or decide exactly which way they’d like to take their dancing. 
After this course you have an opportunity to audition for two types of HND courses, Professional Stage Dance covers commercial dance, singing and acting.  Dance Artist is more to do with teaching and choreography but both do the same amount of ballet, jazz and contemporary technique.
 
Other places you might like to consider are Anniesland, they have only 3 hours of practical a week though and are more jazz orientated.  If you are more interested in contemporary then there is a contemporary school in Dundee which has had very good reviews.  Also you might even try Reid Kerr in Glasgow, I think they run courses for becoming a dance artist but have a look at their website.  Most of the dance courses also have acting courses as well if this interests you.
 
Some useful websites you might like to have a look at:
 

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This is the first section of a talk given by Lisa Baxter, and ex-student of North Berwick High School to current students about how and why she pursued her dream of working with animals.  More to follow!

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