BA Choreography and Dance (2010 – 2013)
When I applied to the University of Winchester, I wanted somewhere I could learn and be challenged.
Through the University’s ‘Do It’ Enterprise Award scheme, and the support of the dance and enterprise staff, I started a dance school called DanceForce. Its aim is to give continuity to military children through regular street dance classes, running at various bases across Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset.
My BA Choreography and Dance course taught me how to manage my time, so I could fit in my studies as well as volunteer. I have improved my communication skills, expanded my creativity and gained the confidence to teach classes. The Dance Management module helped set up the business groundings for DanceForce. Teaching the young people now puts my planning into action and allows us all to channel our creativity - no two classes are the same.
I love Winchester and I’m so thankful for everything the University has given me. Not only what I’ve learnt but also the friends and relationships it allowed me to build. Lecturers are passionate about their subjects and this has driven me to share my passion.
My advice to current students: be pro-active! Be confident with what you can offer and find something that suits you.
I’ve now continued at the University on a full-time MA Arts and Cultural Management postgraduate degree. This allows progression in my own independent learning and experience. I’ve also received a grant from the Hampshire School for Social Entrepreneurs, and Lloyds Bank, and will be studying with them until October 2014.
This is all alongside my own social enterprise.