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My name is Kirsty and I am a recent BA Dance Studies graduate from Middlesex University. I am the Course Ambassador for all dance courses at the university.

I am available to answer any questions you may have specifically about the dance courses so please don't hesitate to ask. I will do my best to answer them as much as I can and as prompt as I can. I appreciate your patience and look forward to hearing from you.

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Hi Kirsty,

What does the audition/interview entail?
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Hi,

Thank you for your question! Pleased to hear you are potentially thinking of coming to Middlesex University . Unfortunately I don't think we can discuss interview/ audition content in detail on the student room but I think I'm allowed to say that the audition is in a class format and you don't need to prepare anything dance wise! The interview is informal as well!
Hope that is okay for you and gives you a slight idea!

If there's any more questions please ask

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As you may or may not know, I have recently graduated from studyingdance at Middlesex University in 2015. This means I no longer have a weekly update but I am able to share some moments and thoughts that I had throughout my three years at Middlesex with you.

My course was fairly full on, which I enjoyed, because I chose to take every opportunity that was given to me and I worked extremely hard in every aspect of the course; practically and theoretically. I would look forward to classes because I liked to work towards improving in my dance technique and building my understanding of the field I aspired to work in.
The best thing about the course was the flexibility of what modules you chose according to your interests and your preferred area of the dance industry once you got to second and third year. I was fascinated in choreography. Each week I would look forward to the choreography session which would last a few hours. In the sessions we would explore movement and the boundaries of dance, really looking at it with an open mind. My favourite sessions were when guest dance artists, choreographers and dancers from various dance companies would come in to take workshops with us. This was because it showed us individual ways of working creatively and it broadened our understanding of different approaches to a choreographic process.


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As you may or may not know, I have recently graduated from studying dance at Middlesex University in 2015. This means I no longer have a day by day update but I am able to share the different aspects of my three years at Middlesex University.

As a MDX dance student, studio space on campus is free to be booked to rehearse for your own choreographies or collaborative projects with other artists. The space could be booked whenever the space isn’t being used for class. In third year, I was rehearsing for my dance and design collaboration with a theatre design student from Wimbledon College of Arts, and I would book three hours worth of rehearsal time in the evening of a day that was available on the system. I loved it! I always felt the studios gave a great environment to explore my creativity.

Each time at the beginning of the academic year I would get an annual MDX gym membership. The gym is on campus and the other benefit is the fitness classes at the gym are included in the membership. To keep my dance fitness levels up I chose to go to the gym 5 days a week doing an hour and a half session each time. I know 5 times seems a lot, especially with the Monday – Friday dance timetable with technique classes, choreography and other classes, but I could easily fit it around my schedule because the gym was so close to the studios. On Mondays I wouldn't go to the gym though because I would have cheerleading and cheer dance training in the evening off campus with the MDX cheer team to look forward to. This lifestyle made me feel so motivated to be active all the time.

I’m here to answer any queries or questions you’ve got on your mind. They could be about specific parts of the course, the social life, the opportunities or just about MDX in general. Fire away; I’m ready to respond and help in any way I can

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As you may or may not know, I have recently graduated from studying dance at Middlesex University in 2015. This means I no longer have a day by day update but I am able to share the different aspects of my three years at Middlesex University.

My weeks at university were normally very busy filled with technique classes, lectures, choreography, rehearsals, gym, essay writing and everything else I did outside of my timetable. The timetable given to you for the dance courses will have you dancing Monday to Friday so it is a great amount of practical during the week. You have your set technique classes everyday and accumulated with other practical classes like choreography and rehearsals, you will be dancing nonstop. As I wanted to push myself further, I attended extra classes to really improve my technique ability but that was when I had more spare time and when I didn’t have so many rehearsals or deadlines to focus on. In first year the techniques you do to start off your dance training are Humphrey, Graham, release and also ballet. Then in second and third year you also get to do Cunningham and Cohan techniques as well to then work towards choosing your preferred techniques to specialize in in third year. I chose Cunningham, Humphrey and release techniques for my third year and after each class I really felt like I was getting to grips with the different principles of each technique. After each class I felt so energised from training incredibly hard. At Middlesex we are very lucky to have the talented, experienced and well known professionals in the dance field teaching us. For example, we have Anne Donnelly who was a principal dancer for Robert Cohan and she still has regular contact with him and even brings him in to visit to do guest lectures sometimes. Noi Tolmer is also another amazing teacher who has worked with the likes of Northern Ballet Theatre and New Adventures with Matthew Bourne.

Please ask any questions you may have! Hopefully we will be seeing everyone who has a dance offer from MDX at the applicant day in a few months. I really recommend attending as it'll be a useful experience to meet your future teachers, meeting your peers who will be joining you in October and also doing a technique class and a creative workshop to get a feel of what studying at MDX is going to be like!

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Hello my name is Victoria White and I will be joining in September 2016. Would you know the term times from 2016 onwards as for applying for accommodation I need the ending term date. Many thanks x
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Hi Victoria, a huge congratulations on your offer and good luck in September, you will love it!

The exact term dates I don't think are decided until nearer the time BUT the end date is usually in June so for accommodation applications put in 30/06/17 as your end date for the academic year . Hope that is useful! Thank you for asking a question, please contact me with any other questions you may have.

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Hi Kirsty,
After my interview a few weeks ago I was wondering how much of the course is Ballet? Could you give a rough percentage?
Also, a bit random but when can I apply for accommodation?
Many thanks!
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Hi Lauren,
It is lovely to hear from you, thank you for your queries
The course is mainly contemporary based with various technique classes. There is one class of ballet a week in your timetable but you are more than welcome to go to more classes if you would like as there are ballet classes always on
I'm not sure about accommodation but I know it's too early to apply just yet, I think you can start applying around May time? Don't hold me to that though, I'll check for you! I suggest checking the application site each month just to be sure as well. I'll reply again when I find the definite answer!
Thank you and speak soon.

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As you may or may not know, I have recently graduated from studying dance at Middlesex University in 2015. This means I no longer have a day by day update but I am able to share the different aspects of my three years at Middlesex University.

As the dance course at Middlesex University is very contemporary based, some students like a way to maintain their incredible dance ability in other styles. This is where the MDX Dance Society was born because a number of years ago the dance students came together and went to the MDX dance staff to propose the idea of a dance society where they bring in professionals within the dance industry from various different styles to take a class. After that, it has taken off and it is still around today stronger than ever. The third years organise the society and are in charge of asking professional dancers or choreographers to come in. I cannot recommend it enough! This week they have had the professional dancer, Bethany Rose, who was on So You Think you Can Dance?, come in and do an amazing sassy class. They have previously had Leroy from Flawless (who actually studied and trained in dance at Middlesex years ago) take an insane class and even Melody Squire, choreographer and the Creative Director of Sol Dans Company.
If you want to train in contemporary and love the MDX course but you are worried about not keeping up training in commercial, Jazz, lyrical or hip hop or even salsa then rest assured as the Dance Society class each week will maintain your skills. It may also inspire you to be involved in classes outside of university at Pineapple Dance Studios or Studio 68 in central London which are both so easy to get to from Middlesex University. We encourage getting out there into the big wide world of dance and networking as soon as you can. The Dance Society is a first taster to kick start that!

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As you may or may not know, I have recently graduated from studying dance at Middlesex University in 2015. This means I no longer have a day by day update but I am able to share the different aspects of my three years at Middlesex University.

Every semester all the students, MDX alumni (graduates) and tutors from the arts courses at Middlesex University come together to create an amazing explorative and fun event. It is called Creative Space as it becomes an environment that art just evolves and naturally happens through improvisation, play and collaboration. The whole of the Atrium in the new built Grove building solely for the arts is transformed into an area with paper all over the floor,art materials to draw with and you can dance and act all across the paper in the space where ever you please. Musicians play their instruments throughout the session improvising from what they are seeing and feeling from the dancers, actors or artists and vice versa. It really is an enriching experience to have that amount of people exploring art together and just bouncing off each other creatively. It is normally an evening event that happens over a few hours where you can come and go as you please. There is refreshments available, all sorts of snacks, juices and even wine to cater for everyone. It is a free event but you have book your place in advance (especially for knowing numbers for the catering) as it is very popular because of the amount of inspiration and motivation you get from attending. Accept your dance offer from Middlesex and be part of the interesting and fun opportunities!

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Hi Victoria,

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you about this after my last reply. I've been trying to find the date you can start applying for accommodation but I am unable to find it at the moment. I have found an email address that is solely for that department that will get back to you regarding all questions to accommodation - [email protected]

Middlesex are now very to say if you apply for accommodation before June 2016 and you are studying starting September/October 2016 then you will be guaranteed halls accommodation in your first year! Amazing especially since it's a London University.

Good luck with everything and hopefully I was able to help.

Thank you.

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Hi Kirsty,

You phoned yesterday to ask me about the applicant day. I have always attended an open day and the campus tour and also the audition. Is it worth me going to see what I've always seen before? Many thanks Victoria
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Hi Victoria,

Thank you for contacting me with your question.

The applicant day is definitely worth going because you have a proper taster day of what dance is really like at Middlesex because at the moment you've had a general open day and the audition is quite formal while this day will be fairly informal and informative with the technique class and creative workshop to take part in with your fellow students you will be studying dance with in October so you can make friends early. You will also meet more of the Mdx dance lecturers/ tutors/ teachers which will be very beneficial. Also, attending will be helpful if you are still undecided about which uni offer to choose to show exactly what we can provide for you in dance.
Obviously it is completely up to you if you want to attend but I think it's a great opportunity to set you up ready for October so you have a better understanding of what to expect. It's such a fun day and I still remember my applicant day, I really enjoyed it.

I hope that helps you decide whether you want to come and I hope we will see you there in a few weeks.
Thank you!

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Hi ,

How many hours of practical dancing is on the timetable per week for the dance performance degree?
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The Dance Performance degree and the Dance Studies degree receive the exact same dance training for the first year and also for the second year along with the optional modules choices in addition. This is because we believe if you want to work in the dance industry, we believe having fundamental dance training is important. The difference in these course titles only really matters in third year when you decide your pathway and choices to specialise in. Your personal dance timetable will be provided to you at the beginning of your semester where you will be dancing monday to friday with around 2 technique classes a day, each an hour and a half. Then you also get ballet on top of this and an important practical body conditioning class with Judy Difiore once a week. You will also get a two or three hour practical choreography/ creative session per week. As you and your peers will be in each other's choreography performances, you will have practical rehearsals during the week too. As well as these practical classes and other practical sessions it is extremely recommended to attend the gym regularly to increase your dance fitness, stamina and ability to be able to cope well in classes and so you can focus on improving your technique. Alongside all of this is your theory lectures during the week (which are only a few so don't worry you will be dancing way more than sitting in a lecture room) .

We will have a new studio up and running in October 2016 in addition to the other studios we already have so more dance space to hold classes! What I can assure you of is that we are one of the best universities for dance to provide our dance students with the amount of proper dance practical training that we do and give actual fundamental techniques like Humphrey, Graham and Cunningham in their rawest form taught by renowned and successful dance professionals exclusively to MDX.

I hope this answers your question

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For this week's update I have decided to mix it up a little and share something a bit different. I have chosen to show you a snippet of one of my reviews that I wrote for the Dance Criticism/Journalism module. Critical writing in the form of reviews is essential to dance performances but the way this is now approached has slightly shifted where blogging about dance and the importance of social media is a phenomenon that is constantly expanding.

Below is one of my reviews that I submitted. This is about PARK by Jasmin Vardimon. Enjoy ... (hopefully.)

"Once again Jasmin Vardimon has gone above and beyond everyone’s expectations with her new recreation of her renowned production of PARK, first performed in 2004. Every member of the audience mesmerised within the Sadler’s Wells Theatre. As a whole it naturally oozed humour without trying too hard; the best kind of humour. The stage was a visual spectacle with the most impressive feature of the stone water fountain spurting on stage, alongside a fence, a bin and a bench. A perfect space for the clever crafted, charismatic and captivating choreography that is so engaging it cannot be forgotten.

Throughout PARK, a skillful merge of beautiful, cultural and political occurred. My eyes were drawn to the innovative aesthetics of the props and set use that effortlessly become an extension of the dancer’s movement. Social issues and stereotypes evident in daily life were illuminated profoundly through the intricate detail the ingenious incorporation of props created within complex individual and contact choreography. These props, fairly insignificant in our everyday life, were pulled to the forefront of our eager eyes where they became a vital key role and significance to the production. Vardimon explored an array of relationships from greed and lust to hopeful and humorous; intertwined into a web of creativity...."

I hope it was insightful in some way and showed you a possible area of the dance industry.

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(Original post by Kirsty at MDX)
The Dance Performance degree and the Dance Studies degree receive the exact same dance training for the first year and also for the second year along with the optional modules choices in addition. This is because we believe if you want to work in the dance industry, we believe having fundamental dance training is important. The difference in these course titles only really matters in third year when you decide your pathway and choices to specialise in. Your personal dance timetable will be provided to you at the beginning of your semester where you will be dancing monday to friday with around 2 technique classes a day, each an hour and a half. Then you also get ballet on top of this and an important practical body conditioning class with Judy Difiore once a week. You will also get a two or three hour practical choreography/ creative session per week. As you and your peers will be in each other's choreography performances, you will have practical rehearsals during the week too. As well as these practical classes and other practical sessions it is extremely recommended to attend the gym regularly to increase your dance fitness, stamina and ability to be able to cope well in classes and so you can focus on improving your technique. Alongside all of this is your theory lectures during the week (which are only a few so don't worry you will be dancing way more than sitting in a lecture room) .

We will have a new studio up and running in October 2016 in addition to the other studios we already have so more dance space to hold classes! What I can assure you of is that we are one of the best universities for dance to provide our dance students with the amount of proper dance practical training that we do and give actual fundamental techniques like Humphrey, Graham and Cunningham in their rawest form taught by renowned and successful dance professionals exclusively to MDX.

I hope this answers your question

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That sounds great , thank you! Does 1st year include about the same amount of classes as you listed or is that specific to 3rd year?
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This is the basic outline of your timetable from 1st year onward where classes and lectures will get added or changed in regards to the couple of module options you have to decide on in second and third year. But yes, what I explained above relates to 1st year!
Thank you for your question and interest! It's great!

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