News: Students recognised for Footprints Dance Festival

Friday 5 June 2015 by Clare Evans

Six students from the University of Roehampton in London have been recognised by their Vice-Chancellor with end of year awards paying tribute to the success of Footprint Dance Festival, a week-long Dance festival in May which they organised from scratch, at the same time as completing their degree studies.

Emilie Barton, Hannah Brown, Liz Carter and Louise Everett, who are in the third year of their Dance Studies degree, and Sophie Stokes and Nia Cowley, who both study Dance and Drama, received a Roehampton Award at a ceremony held in their honour. The awards were for their work on Footprint festival, which has won worldwide recognition for the quality of its Dance research.

This year’s festival included morning workout sessions to energise participants, workshops on Eastern classical dance, artistic improvisation, tap dancing, and a session with student-led Third Row Dance Company and performances every evening. The festival is a chance for students to learn to curate professional dance artists and how to work successfully in the sector, as well as learn from performances. Talks were given by Rosemary Lee, freelance choreographers, and professional careers advisers.

Following the festival, a series of films have been produced charting the build-up to the event and each day’s activities.

Find out more about Footprint Dance Festival at www.footprintdancefestival.com

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