One of the world’s leading dance academies visited Kensington and Chelsea College recently to put on a breathtaking performance for students.
A troupe of 30, from the internationally renowned Laban dance centre, left the audience captivated with a show stopping dance display at the college’s Wornington Centre Campus.
Staff and students were treated to two contemporary performances; a sombre piece based solely on movement and an upbeat piece which included vocals.
Following the 40-minute performance, budding dancers on the college’s BTEC First Diploma in Dance and National Certificate were given the chance to quiz the Laban troupe about their training and experiences.
Kane Headley-Cummings, who is in his second year of the BTEC First Diploma in Dance, said: “It was quite inspiring because the styles were really different to what I’m use to in my own performances. The dancers were so perfectly synchronised in their flow and movement that at points they looked more like one person than a group. As a dance student I think it’s great that the college has contact with academies such as Laban as it adds another dimension to our course and how we learn. ”
In recent years Kensington and Chelsea College dance students have beat fierce competition from thousands of other trainee dancers across the globe to win one of the 80 coveted places on Laban’s Higher Education dance courses.
The college’s links with the East London based dance academy have secured regular visits from Laban’s dance troupes, giving students additional inspiration for their own performances at the college.
Amy Knauff, Graduate Assistant for Laban, said: “We have a really good connection with the college. Our troupe really enjoyed meeting the students and hopefully the dances will provide an additional element of inspiration that students can draw upon in their own work. ”
Akosua Boakye-Nimo, Performing Arts Senior Course Director at Kensington and Chelsea College, added: “It was an amazing performance. On leaving the college many of our students aspire to continue their training at world renowned dance academies, so to have connections to institutions such as Laban so early in their career is a great opportunity for them. ”
Date published: 12 March 2010