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Dancing for joy with new classes

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: June 21, 2012

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Local performing arts enthusiasts aged 13-plus will have the chance to train with some of the country's top teachers this summer

Bath Dance College (BDC) and Writhlington School's new performing arts academy is offering students a three-day intensive summer course.

Being the only one of its type in the South West of England students will no longer have to travel to London and the North in order to train at a professional level.

Offering an intensive two year Performing Arts Diploma Course for students BDC aims to prepare students for the performing arts industry and will help them into employment that best suits their own personal ambition.

With 25 practical hours of classes per week students will receive the needed amount of training to reach the top of the performing arts industry.

Taught by former and current industry professionals, students will be exposed to the highest level of training, with guest teachers travelling from as far as the USA.

Passionate about the performing arts, industry professional and Royal Ballet trained George Hill has agreed to accept the position of Head of Dance.

Organiser, George Hill, said: "Coming from Bath I think that it is great that finally local talent will have the opportunity to train at a professional level in the South West of England.

"Previously students have had to travel to London or the North in order to receive this level of training.

"I was very lucky in receiving funding for my training at the Royal Ballet School.

"Having this funding really changed my life and enabled me to follow my dreams and pursue a career within the arts.

"My training was fundamental in enabling me to achieve what I have and my life would have taken a very different route had I not be so fortunate. Being a dancer is the most amazing job.

"It enabled me to travel, see the world and do something that I love for a living.

"Everyone should be given the chance to follow their dreams no matter what their situation.

"It is an honour to be involved in such an inventive and fantastic course which is going to give generations of talent the same life changing opportunities that I was fortunate enough to receive.

" I am honoured to have been asked to have been part of this amazing new venture and look forward to seeing many years of talent develop."

Set in brand new dance studios BDC students will also have ample opportunity to access and gain valuable experience from the Prospect Theatre, a 385 seat state of the art theatre also on Writhlington Campus.

Emerging from the recession BDC is a welcome addition to Writhlington Academy inspiring and training out next generation and providing opportunities that every talented individual deserves no matter what their financial situation.

The summer course is scheduled from August 1 to August 3 during which students will receive three full days of classes in dance, singing and acting.

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