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Blackburn College Launches New Dance Academy

Blackburn College Launches New Dance Academy

Blackburn College has launched a new dance academy, The Mill, aimed at 16-18 year olds.

Working in partnership with Rossendale Dance and Drama Centre, The Mill is aimed at young people who are interested in performing, competing and choreographing dance – or studying these subjects at University.

From September, students can come to Blackburn College to learn in industry-standard studios and to access new classes covering a range of dance topics.

Through work with Creative and Cultural Skills, Blackburn College has already secured work experience and enrichment activities for students starting these courses with top West-End show, Wicked and Music students are preparing to go behind the scenes on a production day with The 1975 and Stereophonics.

Head of School (Creative and Digital) Annie Kerfoot said: "We created The Mill as we wanted to get more young people into dance and inspire the next generation of talented performers, whilst also providing a progression route to Universities.

“Blackburn College already had a range of top-class facilities ideal for this provision including a ballet and dance studio and performance lab as part of Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre and a TV and screening area as part of our Futures Centre.

“Future generations will now be able to harness these top-end facilities, coupled with tuition from Rossendale Dance and Drama Centre.”

Students studying the new programme will gain a University of the Arts London (UAL) Diploma or Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts.

The courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the performing arts.

They provide an opportunity for those who have an interest in the performing arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating, demanding and provides a supportive transition from GCSE level to more specialised study on an A-Level equivalent course.

Rossendale Dance and Drama Centre (RDDC) was established in 1980 is a leading provider of dance, drama, musical theatre and fitness training for children and adults.

24 Feb 2020, 13:24 PM