College dancers from Northampton have right moves

College dancers
College dancers

A student dance group from Northampton has fended off competition from troupes across the region to win through to the finals of a prestigious national competition.

The group of 11 students from Northampton College were selected to represent the East Midlands at the national festival after impressing judges at the regional finals of the Festival of Dance in Nottingham.

They will now head to Plymouth to perform alongside some of the biggest names in dance at the festival in July.

It is the first time Northampton College has been represented at the festival.

The group as been working with Tracey Stanton to create a work titled My Line, an abstract performance created in collaboration with 11 Year 1 and 2 dance students.

Tracey said: “The work looks at the timelines of each performer’s life and their personal journeys, relationships, cross roads and struggles as they progress forwards.

“Everyone in the group is really excited at the prospect of taking part in the Festival of Dance.

“It’s a massive achievement for the students and really puts Northampton College on the map for anyone looking to study dance.

“The students will have the chance to work with professional dancers and get the opportunity to create their own routines, as well as take part in major group dances with other finalists.”

Dance courses at Northampton College are proving extremely popular and a new set of Higher National Diplomas (or HNDs) are being introduced later this year.

The two-year higher education programmes have the option to continue into the third year of a degree at university with entry criteria of 160 UCAS points.

A video of the My Line performance can be found by visiting www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0Rrly-FP8c&feature=youtu.be.