University of Salford by Summer
The University of Salford degree in Dance is a full-time contemporary dance training course. Starting everyday at 9am and some days not finishing until 6pm. University of Salford offers a physically intense yet inspiring course. In my eyes, it is designed for people that want to work hard, improve technically and want a broad spectrum of the dance world.
The studio space at the university is small but full of natural light with sprung floors. The small class sizes create an intimate atmosphere which is ideal for learning from both the lecturers and your peers. The learning environment is friendly and the lecturers have genuine interest in you as a dancer and as an individual.
The lecturers have so much experience in many different areas and we have multiple resident artists who come in to teach us. These range from members of Company Chameleon, Hawk Dance Theatre, Colelesc Dance Theatre, Matrathfisc and Kiera Martin. There are three main lecturers on the course, who have experience of the dance world in three totally different lights. To me the lecturers are inspiring and I know they are all always supporting me and helping me grow as a dance artist.
A typical day would start with ballet technique for 2 hours followed by contemporary technique for 2 hours. Our contemporary classes range from Graham, Cunningham and Release with aspects of Laban. the second year you also get the opportunity to do contact improvisation classes in which the lecturer makes you feel confident and comfortable (you will end up loving it!). We have so many different lectures that come in and teach and so we get such a broad range of teaching styles and techniques. This prepares you greatly for the future. Then afternoon lectures vary depending on what year and on what module you are doing.
We have some really unique modules that we do at Salford Uni throughout first, second and third year. One is ‘Professional Project’ within this, we get to work for 8 weeks for a dance company/choreographer to create a full-length piece. This is an incredible experience and gives you a great insight into the world of performing. Another module is ‘Aerial’, this is done within second year and allows students to have a go at hoops and silks. Other modules include; community dance workshopping, choreography, work experience, digital dance, debates and more!
The University of Salford has prepared me for my future in dance, its taught me so much already and I am only halfway through! If your applying to universities or masters, University of Salford should be strongly considered. It offers intensity, support and realistic introduction to what life as a freelance artist can be.