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Sheffield College dance students have been selected to stage a pop up performance across the city centre as part of a literary festival this weekend.
Fifteen students, completing the BTEC Extended Diploma in Dance Level 3 at The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus, will join professional dancers in the performance as part of the Off The Shelf festival.
Heather Smith, Principal, The Sheffield College, said: “We work with employers and industry experts to equip our students with the skills they need to go on to jobs, careers and university. I’m delighted to see our dance students putting their skills to the test as part of this high profile festival.”
The performance, called Cityscapes, starts at 11am on Saturday, October 10th in Sheffield city centre. It begins at the Winter Gardens, goes across the Sheffield Hallam University amphitheatre, runs down Howard Street and ends at Sheaf Square.
Wendy Harrison, Dance Lecturer, The Sheffield College, explained: “The piece illuminates and highlights public spaces through the use of movement and dance. The dancers observed the spaces in detail and looked at how people sit, socialise and pass through them, as part of their preparation and research for the performance.”
Performing arts courses have moved to a brand new £8.8 million Centre for Creative Industries at The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus, on Livesey Street, from the former Norton campus.
New facilities include a performing arts theatre, as well as dance, drama, television, photography, music and radio studios and £450,000 of new equipment. Click here to find out more about our full-time courses and November open evenings.
The dance students have been mentored by, and will perform alongside, professional dancers from Dance Network Sheffield. The students have taken part in workshops led by professional dance artists Tara Baker and Jemma Mae Broomhead. Cityscapes is support by Arts Council England in collaboration with choreographer Gerry Turvey.
This term, the College launched The Sheffield College Guarantee, which applies to all new students, aged 16 to 18, starting full-time courses, lasting more than six months, this academic year. On successful completion of their course, the College is guaranteeing that students will have an apprenticeship or a job offer or an offer of a place on a higher education course at the College or university, or a progression route to one of them.
The College – which is Ofsted graded ‘Good’ - provides academic, vocational and professional courses up to degree level to 20,000 young people and adults a year. Qualifications include apprenticeships, vocational diplomas, A Levels, access courses and foundation degrees.