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College Dancers Perform Wayne McGregor’s Choreography with the Mariinsky Ballet at the Wales Millennium Centre

Dancing on a professional stage with other dancers is an ambition for many young dance students at NPTC Group, but it is rarely realised on such a world scale. 


Last week the students were offered the opportunity to spend two days in the Wales Millennium Centre, working alongside the Mariinsky Ballet’s company dancers before performing alongside them in a piece of dance work choreographed by the Royal Ballet Artistic Director, Wayne McGregor. 


This experience offered the students a rare glimpse into the prestigious and professional world of dance and will not only expand their repertoire, but their overall understanding of the dance art form in practice; highly relevant to their course at college. 


Year 1 Level 3 Dance student Robert Noble commented that;


“This opportunity was unmissable.  I not only enjoyed every minute, but already feel changed as a dancer myself.  I was able to watch and learn from the professionals and to top it all off I performed on stage with them in a piece choreographed by one of my favourite choreographers.  It was fantastic!”


Wayne McGregor’s dance work has been a popular feature of the A Level Dance course for the past few years and this made the experience all the more relevant to the students involved. 


Craig Coombs, Subject Leader for Dance commented that;


“There is no better choreographer than Wayne McGregor in Britain today and his work has inspired my own teaching practices for many years.  This opportunity was second to none and it has contributed to the vast range of opportunities we offer our dance students, making our department truly vocational and aspirational for all those involved.”


This was clearly an invaluable experience for all, even the staff and students who were not able to perform benefited from the unlimited free tickets given to the college for the performance at the Wales Millennium Centre.  This opportunity will certainly help prepare the students for their own professional showcase on Thursday 26th May at the Taliesin Arts Centre in Swansea.