4 March 2020

Sixty students from Years 9, 10 and 11 have taken part in dance workshops led by City College Plymouth dance practitioners and have also been learning about the pathways to a career in the arts.

Twenty students from each of the three years attended the one-hour workshops, which were arranged as part of our National Careers Week events.

It followed a trip to City College Plymouth in February, when they kindly offered free tickets to our students to see their end of term dance show.

Dance teacher Miss Adams said: “That sparked an amazing response - I received emails within literally minutes from some Year 11 students saying that they now want to study dance, post-16.

“During these workshops, the students are learning routines and they are learning about the post-16 opportunities that are available here in Plymouth.”

City College Plymouth has two-year Foundation Diplomas and Foundation Degrees which offer students the chance to study arts full-time in Years 12 and 13. They then have the option to apply to do a Dance Degree at Plymouth University.

In the first workshop, the students learnt Commercial Jazz dances. A second workshop later in March will focus on Contemporary Dance: “The students are so enthusiastic,” said Miss Adams. “They have been inspired by the trip to City College and by the opportunity to learn from different practitioners. They can’t wait for the next workshop now!”

Many thanks to City College lead practitioner Joanna Ramsden and second year City College students Katie and Tyler for sharing their skills with our students.