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News: Dance grad­u­ates aim to inspire young peo­ple with their pas­sion for per­form­ing arts

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A group of grad­u­ate dancers from Not­ting­ham Col­lege have come togeth­er to deliv­er work­shops and per­for­mances to schools and com­mu­ni­ties in Not­ting­hamshire, thanks to fund­ing from the Der­byshire and Not­ting­hamshire Col­lab­o­ra­tive Out­reach Pro­gramme (DAN­COP).

DAN­COP is a part­ner­ship of uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges work­ing togeth­er to raise the aspi­ra­tions of young peo­ple and sup­port them to con­sid­er their futures, as part of a nation­al gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive to increase the num­ber of young peo­ple from under­rep­re­sent­ed groups who go into high­er edu­ca­tion (HE).

RESET, The The­atre Arts Out­reach Com­pa­ny launched in Sum­mer 2021 and con­sists of sev­en for­mer Lev­el 3 and uni­ver­si­ty lev­el per­form­ing arts stu­dents from Not­ting­ham College. 

The idea for the dance com­pa­ny came from the college’s Course Leader for Foun­da­tion Degree in Dance, Nico­la Burt, who has noticed a decline in dance and per­form­ing arts on the school curriculum.

Being in this indus­try for over 27 years I’ve noticed a decline in dance and per­form­ing arts from the school cur­ricu­lum. This dis­ap­pear­ance, cou­pled with how much pro­fes­sion­al dance com­pa­nies charge to deliv­er school work­shops, means we are at risk of los­ing this won­der­ful art form. 

This post grad com­pa­ny want­ed to RESET the bal­ance and find a way of reach­ing out to schools and the wider com­mu­ni­ty to get peo­ple, young and old, danc­ing again. 

 — Nico­la Burt, Course Leader — Foun­da­tion Degree Dance
Chris Brayford

Chris Bray­ford, who is a mem­ber of the com­pa­ny stud­ied a Foun­da­tion degree fol­lowed by a BA(Hons) Per­form­ing Arts Top-up Degree at the Col­lege and is now work­ing as a free­lance dancer and chore­o­g­ra­ph­er. He want­ed to join the com­pa­ny to help inspire males to get into dance and per­form­ing arts. 

He said: When I was approached to be a part of RESET, I was excit­ed to get involved because I want to do my part to inspire oth­ers to get into per­form­ing arts, espe­cial­ly males.

Not a lot of young males get into dance, and I want to show them that they can be a part of this and have an iden­ti­ty with­in per­form­ing arts. ”

RESET offi­cial­ly launched with a per­for­mance of their first piece ear­li­er this month. The piece, which was cre­at­ed by Sophie Thor­pe from the Tom Dale Dance Com­pa­ny, was per­formed to an audi­ence of Col­lege staff, stu­dents and cre­ative indus­try experts in Fletch­ers The­atre, a state-of-the-art 200-seater the­atre based inside Not­ting­ham College’s City Hub.

Find out more about how how the com­pa­ny formed their piece in this behind the scenes video:

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We offer a vari­ety cours­es at Not­ting­ham Col­lege, rang­ing from Lev­el 1 to Degree Level.You’ll have access to amaz­ing facil­i­ties at our brand new City Hub cam­pus, includ­ing a 200-seater the­atre equipped with the lat­est light­ing and sound tech­nol­o­gy. Plus, we also have dance stu­dios, act­ing stu­dios, a cos­tume depart­ment, a set design stu­dio and a con­struc­tion workshop!

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  • 30th September 2021 (1:32 PM)
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