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Reflections on a degree initiative: the UK's Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers enter the University of Birmingham

Benn, Tansin (2003) Reflections on a degree initiative: the UK's Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers enter the University of Birmingham. Research in Dance Education, 4 (1). pp. 5-16. ISSN 1464-7893

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URL of Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14647890308304

Identification Number/DOI: 10.1080/14647890308304

This paper provides an opportunity to share experiences and perceptions of the first 5 years of a degree programme for professional dancers. A partnership developed in the mid-1990s between the UK's Birmingham Royal Ballet and the University of Birmingham, Westhill (now School of Education), to provide a part-time, post-experience, flexible study programme for full-time Company dancers. This is the first 'company customised' higher education programme to dovetail studies around rehearsal, performance and touring schedules. Methodology is based on a narrative by the author, informed by ongoing internal and external evaluations, in-depth interviews with dancers and Company managers, documentation and secondary sources. Outcomes indicate that the programme has made a positive difference to the Company, to the dancers and to the wider education and dance/arts world.

Type of Work:Article
Date:April 2003 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Education
Department:Education
Keywords:Birmingham Royal Ballet, University of Birmingham, dance, ballet, performance studies
Subjects:L Education (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Taylor and Francis
ID Code:288
Refereed:YES
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