Alice Bagnall, is an exceptional student and dancer, and has studied Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance at Park Lane Campus. The dream of becoming a dancer started at the tender age of four after being inspired by her older sister who attended their local dance school.
During her time at school, Alice got involved in various after school dance clubs, gymnastics and talent shows. Her highlight was getting involved with a charity event called West End Dreams, supporting the Brain Tumour Charity, which gave her a unique opportunity to dance at Her Majesty's Theatre in London to fundraise. At the age of 14, she joined Phoenix Dance Theatre’s saturday school to broaden her skills further, adding to her already impressive portfolio.
As soon as she finished her GCSEs, Alice wanted to progress her education in the field of dance, but was initially unsure of what route to take. With the help of her parents, she researched various institutions and debated whether to study A Levels or dedicate her time in further education on a full time dance programme.
Alice said: “It was a challenging decision as I wanted to study A Levels to widen up my options and was quite uncertain about studying a full time dance course, as I thought it would limit my future options but looking back, that couldn’t be further from the truth.”
After visiting one of Leeds City College’s open days, the young dancer was so impressed by the college’s facilities, tutors and wealth of opportunities available, that she signed up to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance. She has since been involved in a plethora of initiatives and programmes, starting with the college’s dance group, Explosive. She joined this in her first year for fun and is now competing with the team in national contests, with Explosive recently being accepted to perform in the UK’s acclaimed festival and tour, Breakin’ Convention in May.
Alice is still a member of the Phoenix Dance Theatre, after successfully auditioning for its Senior Youth Academy. She trains there twice a week and is part of many collaborations with Leeds City College. Among the recent projects, was a performance for Light Night 2016 with professional dancers, that was showcased at the Northern Ballet.
The ambitious teenager is also an ambassador for OneDanceUK, where she has the opportunity to train, attend conventions, get advice and support, as well as advocate the art of dance in the world of education.
Alice is currently preparing for an audition for FRESH, Yorkshire Dance’s annual showcase of high quality youth dance across Yorkshire. To hone her gymnastics skills, she is also working with Physical Theatre students at Leeds City College, who are training for a circus aerial performance.
She said: “Coming to Leeds City College was definitely the best decision. If I did A Level Dance, I wouldn’t have all of these amazing opportunities available to me. The tutors are extremely supportive and are always putting me forward for shows and competitions so that I can continue to develop. I would certainly recommend this course to anyone who is passionate and serious about dance.”
Alice would like to continue studying dance at university. She has aspirations to audition for contemporary dance companies once she graduates and maybe start her own dance studio one day.