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Aerial dance master class

Thursday 24 October 2013

Dance students were treated to a master class on Tuesday 22 October from elite aerial performance company, Upswing.

The day-long session saw students receive training from artistic director, Vicki Amedume, on both the aerial cocoon and aerial ring, allowing them to develop new performance techniques via a medium that uses circus skills as an expressive vehicle.

Dance student, Amelia Keane, was one of the Richmond College students to have taken part in the master class. "Vicki was absolutely brilliant and taught us lots of useful techniques that helped improve our balance and posture," said Amelia. "I really enjoyed the challenge of performing above the ground and, along with some of my classmates, I'm now planning to take more workshops with Upswing outside of the college."

The master class was the first time the dance students had attempted this increasingly popular form of dance and was arranged by Richmond upon Thames College dance lecturer, Charlotte Woods. "The master class was a fantastic opportunity for our students to experience an exciting medium that combines dance, circus skills, choreography and fitness," said Ms Woods. "The students really enjoyed the sessions and much of what they learned can now be used in their future performances."

Ms Amedume, who trained as an aerialist at The French National Circus School in Châlons-en-Champagne, founded her company Upswing in 2004. Since then, her team of dancers have performed in touring productions, ceremonies and educational projects across the world.

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