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Talented Strode’s students dance for charity

Strode’s College Performing Arts students danced their way to raising £510.12 for Cancer Research UK at the recent March Dance Showcase. Putting their course, creativity, versatility and individuality centre stage the sell-out performance incorporated a number of genres including Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Street Dance, Samba and Modern. 

The BTEC Performing Arts (Dance) students only had one term to prepare for the Showcase. Working as a professional dance company, students choreographed a number of the dances which illustrated the breadth of their skills and learning. From a piece based on animal behaviour and movement of flamingos, a professional repertory of Bob Fosse’s Jazz Dance to Akram Khan's contemporary repertory based on women in World War 1 and pieces based on African American History.

Commenting on the success of the Showcase Eleanor Turner, Course Leader for Dance at the College said: "I am so proud of our Strode's Dance family! They show term after term how committed, talented and passionate they are about the Dance industry. They seize every opportunity to develop and I am proud to show off their hard work and success."

Every year, for the March Dance Showcase, the students use their democratic voice to vote and decide which charity the event will fundraise for. This year, the dancers voted for Cancer Research UK. Eleanor Turner explains how the £510.12 raised will support the charity: “Just £5 will kit out one research lab with essential chemicals, £15 will cover the cost of a visitor to a mobile awareness unit, £300 covers the cost for men to take part in a prostate cancer clinical trial for the day and £550 buys one next-generation DNA sequencing equipment.”

Commenting on the donation, Anna Banbula, Central Fundraising Executive for Cancer Research UK said: "You are amazing. Once again thank you so much for all your amazing fundraising and choosing to support us. Very well done to you all."

Students studying the Performing Arts (Dance) BTEC Level 3 learn to be well-rounded and versatile dancers in a vocational and academic context. Students progress to a number of leading universities and specialist Conservatories to study Dance.

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