College dance fever

PUBLISHED: 17:54 08 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:59 22 October 2010

Dance actually offers many career opportunities and there is now a stepping stone into careers in dance for young people in Norfolk.

There has been a huge revival in interest in dance over the past few years and it is reflected by the huge popularity of prime-time TV shows. Thousands of young people dream of becoming a dancer - most of them unaware that their dreams could become a reality. Dance actually offers many career opportunities and there is now a stepping stone into careers in dance for young people in Norfolk.

There are two courses offered by the School of Creative and Performing Arts at City College Norwich - the BTEC First Diploma and the BTEC National Diploma in Dance - both designed to provide high quality, intensive vocational training.

Based at The Garage, the arts venue opposite Chapelfield Gardens in Norwich city centre, they are taught by a team of professional dancers with an impressive portfolio of practical, managerial and teaching experience.

Nicole Starling, 18, from Cromer, is just about to complete the National Diploma programme and in September she has been offered a place at the Stella Mann dance college and also has an audition at the London Contemporary Dance School.

“After I finish my training I hope to dance professionally on stage. I'm sure that if I hadn't done this course I wouldn't have got into dance college and have this opportunity to finally make my dreams come true.”

Some of her fellow students will be furthering their dance studies at degree level at Surrey, Middlesex and Liverpool John Moores universities while others are embarking on careers in performing, teaching and into specialist areas such as sports therapy and personal training.

The BTEC National Diploma in Dance is equivalent to three A Levels and offers a recognised route into Higher Education. It is suitable for students expecting to achieve Grades A to C in their GCSEs.

Now the college is introducing another course, the BTEC First Diploma in Dance for young people who expect to achieve Grades D to E in their GCSEs - and there is the opportunity, of course, for further progression.

Students on both courses study a huge variety of dance styles from Ballet to Break Dancing.

Anyone who would like to see just how good they are can attend their Laws of Motion end of year show from July 4-6 at the Drama Centre at City College with matinee and evening performances. Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01603 283377.

More details on the courses from the college on 01603 773773.

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