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It's all getting real now

by Joshua Gill
27 November 2014

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I'm now over 2 months in to my third and final year of Dance Studies at Roehampton and it’s all starting to come together. I’m able to apply everything I’ve learnt from my first and second years to practical improvisation classes, essays and my dissertation.

My course is split 50:50 between theoretical and practical, but I've got flexibility in choosing what topics I want to study. In first year we covered every dance technique the course offers: Limon, Graham, Release, Cunningham, Contact, Ballet and Dance History. Then as you go into second and third year you get to focus more on what you're interested in. I'm about performance, so I've decided to go down that route.

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Speaking of performance, I've just completed my first major assignment for my third year – a choreography duet. I got to work with the beautiful Courtney Draddy, on our duet "So and So" about navigating through space. We spent hours in the studio trying to perfect something that we thought would impress (and hopefully get us a good grade), but we soon realised that it's not all about the grade. Yes, it would be awesome to have a First in everything, but if you have enjoyed it then there is nothing better than that. And enjoyed it we have - I could not be prouder of Courtney and I.

Another major assessment I've just completed was my Choreography duet. I got to work with the beautiful Courtney Draddy, on our duet “So and So” about navigating through space. We spent hours in the studio trying to perfect something that we thought would impress everyone (and get us a good grade), but we soon realised that it's not always about the grade. Yes, it would be awesome to have a First in everything but if you have enjoyed and taken away what you needed from the module then there is nothing better. I could not be prouder of Courtney and I and feel a little overwhelmed that I've just finished my first third year assessment!

So it's all getting very real now, with the prospect of handing in a 10,000 word dissertation looming round the corner. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to write that many words on one subject, but I've just done the proposal and I think my lecturers will be right – when you find something that excites you it will write itself.

So to wrap up, I'm still a busy bee and there are days when I just want to lay on the sofa with movies and chocolate (which does happen), but it's great and I love it! As cliché as it sounds, now that I have found what I enjoy doing through dance it makes study a lot easier.

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