Dancing my way to success

by Elizabeth Carter
26 June 2015

Elizabeth Carter

Hi! My name is Elizabeth Carter (or simply Liz) and I have just completely my BA Dance Studies degree at Roehampton :( I really enjoyed the great variety the course offered - it exposed me to so many different possibilities in the dance world. We have a lot of freedom to find own career path but also get the support we need to get there. There are plenty of extracurricular activities we can get involved in and I took advantage of this by taking on a lead role in Footprint Dance Festival - a student led, weeklong festival that took place in May at Roehampton. I had the pleasure of being one of the six core committee members for this year's festival. 

 I took on an artistic role, as Creative Liaisons, working very closely with Sophie Stokes, Press and Marketing Officer. We dealt with advertising for the festival as a whole, on social media and through posters and flyers, as well as doing the programmes for each evening performance. I also worked closely with Emilie Barton, Head of Film and Documenting, whereby I learnt to edit the website, adding and organising photos, as well filming and some photography throughout the week. The process really developed all of our organisation skills and time management, as we found ourselves juggling the festival alongside our dissertations and all the commitments of our hectic third year! 


 It was a mass team effort and one of the biggest things gained was our confidence in our personal roles as well as working together as a team. A major lesson being that no job is too small and all roles are equally essential. This year the festival has grown so much bigger than we could have imagined and has had so much attention and publicity - as a team we were awarded the Roehampton Student Award for outstanding volunteering and extracurricular achievements. We have also had the privilege of articles published about the festival on high end websites such as London Dance UK. I feel really proud to have been a part of such a successful, inspiring and professional developing project and although it was hard work, it was so much fun as well. Plus, I have loads of new skills to add to my CV too. 

 Footprint wasn’t the only thing I got involved in - I also took advantage of the study abroad programme, when I spent a term of my second year studying in Sydney, Australia. The whole experience was incredible and opened my eyes to the dance world internationally, and potential careers all over the world and encouraged me to take up new things, leading me to get involved with the Footprint Dance Festival. I have learnt skills and gained experiences that have built my confidence for going forward into my future and the world of work. This is something I believe Roehampton is brilliant at; offering professional and real influential experiences to us in a supported environment :)

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