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New dance scheme aims to help Flawless graduates

Middlesex University has linked up with three dance groups, including Britain’s Got Talent stars Flawless, to run a new scheme helping its dance students get ready for the professional dance world. 

Britain’s Got Talent stars Flawless will be returning to Middlesex University to pass on industry knowledge to students.

The University has appointed Flawless, Shaded Voice Dance Company and The March Performance Group as its Associate Dance Artists for the next three years.

The companies, which include many former Middlesex students, will teach workshops, offer internships to students and host ‘work-in-progress’ seminars that students can join to experience the creative process at work at professional level.

Flawless member Leroy Dos Santos, who studied BA Dance Performance at Middlesex, said the group was “really excited” to be involved in the project. 

Anne Went, who heads up Dance at Middlesex, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to get a true insight into the professional dance industry, and for us to support our graduates who have become professional dancers and choreographers.

“The three companies span a really interesting array of work and, as many of them are alumni, illustrate the great breadth of work Middlesex graduates are producing. For subjects like dance it’s important for students to be able to relate what they’re doing to working in dance after graduation. This is one way of helping them do that.”

Ms Went added: “Dance at Middlesex University is committed to supporting the artistic development of its graduates and enhancing their employability in the professional dance sector.  Flawless have used our facilities to rehearse in the past but with this arrangement we have formalised our relationship with them, Shaded Voice Dance Company and The March Performance Group.  We are really looking forward to working with them all on this exciting project.”

The Dance department is also planning a new MA by Professional Practice programme, which will allow practitioners working across the teaching spectrum to explore dance technique teaching.  Like the Associate Dance Artist scheme, it is designed to support dancers as they progress in their careers.

Flawless are currently on a national tour before appearing at the Peacock Theatre in London’s West End; Shaded Voice are in rehearsal for a new programme following two successful seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; the March Performance Group performs in an eclectic range of venues including the Old Vic tunnels; Berlin’s Schwelle 7 and the Old Cholmly Boys Club in Dalston. 

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