Former student Katie Renham has led dance sessions with three groups of our students as part of her foundation degree in dance. Katie, who is studying at Leicester College, has to complete a module of community dance and so she is doing sessions with different age ranges.
Katie said: ‘As part of our community dance we have work placements and so I worked with Year 8, 9 and 11 classes. For the Year 11s I did the warm up because they are devising their own choreography at the moment but with Year 8 I did travelling movements including jumps while the work with Year 9 was more technical and release-based dance.
‘At college we study contemporary, ballet, jazz and commercial dance. As a final piece we do a choreographic project where we create a whole piece ourselves; the dances, the costume, the projection and perform it at the end of year show. Miss Bailey was the one that pushed me to do dance because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I might want to go into teaching but I am looking at doing post-graduate dance science, looking at research into dancers’ bodies, then I could join a dance company as a physiotherapist.
'This is my first time teaching and I have to do a minimum of five hours for my college course. I have also been at a nursery and helping out with an elderly group and I am also volunteering at a group for children with disabilities so it shows how universal dance is and how people of all ages can get involved.’