BA Choreography and Dance (2004-2007)
Artistic Director, Commotion Dance
My career in Choreography and Dance began after I left Winchester with some voluntary work at Hampshire Dance. Following this I was made Project Assistant and subsequently became Dance Administrator at The Point in Eastleigh. Here I became Dance Development Officer as well as Community Dance Manager. Finally I set myself up as a freelance dance artist and applied to become an Associate Artist at The Point.
Commotion Dance involves me working in education settings as well as the community with children and older adults, covering a range of abilities. My work includes project management, choreography, teaching, tour management, leading marketing ideas, social media networking, administration and sources funding.
I love being in the studio as well as working with the children in both performance and workshop settings. The most interesting part of my job is watching the people I work with and seeing how they develop. It’s all great fun!
The Professional Development module, Dance Management module and Dance Facilitation module all helped with my career before I had even left Winchester. Talking to tutors about their careers, watching professional performances and listening to those with more knowledge and understanding gave me a great foundation too.
The most challenging part of being a freelancer is that the hours I do tend to add up and since I don’t have set hours I have to learn to give myself down time otherwise I will just continue to work, either researching, networking or creating new ideas. In this career you have to have passion, dedication and self-motivation otherwise things just don’t get done.
The best advice that I can give other Choreography and Dance students is if you can volunteer before leaving university in something you feel might be a career path then do it. Voluntary work not only gives you hands-on experience in the field but also looks great to any potential employer.
At university learn how to write a correct CV and covering letter for the types of jobs you’re interested in. You wouldn’t believe the amount of CVs I see now that don’t tell me the correct information. Also listen to your lecturers; they know what they are talking about!