Dance and Performing Arts students had the opportunity to gain an insight into the life of a professional dancer when former student Lewis Short – formerly from Cantell school, returned to the college to impart his knowledge and work with them to perfect their jazz technique.
Lewis, who studied Performing Arts at Richard Taunton from 2009 – 2011, went on to graduate from the Urdang Academy and is now a professional dancer, who has worked on numerous cruise ships including Princess Cruises, and now Regents Cruises as a performer. During the workshop he worked with students on their jazz technique, taught a lyrical phrase and gave feedback and guidance on their current work. Students also had the opportunity to ask questions about the performing arts industry, the audition process and gain an insight into the pathways into the profession.
Lisa Fernandez-Adams Teacher of Dance, and Learning Development Manager at the College said:
“It’s always such a pleasure to have former students return and talk to our students about their careers and how they got there. To have Lewis work with our students during his short break between cruises has been such a great opportunity. His level of expertise has meant that students have not only gained excellent dance skills, but have received first hand advice from someone in the industry, which has made them think about their next steps.”