Furthering skills of performers

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A DANCE school has joined forces with a college to provide the perfect stage for aspiring performers.

Hartlepool College of Further Education has linked up with Amy Richardson, of the Amy Richardson Studios, to provide a place for students to further develop their skills.

Amy is an associate member of the British Association of Teachers of Dance, a fully qualified Zumba, fitness and gym instructor, a master Bokwa trainer as well as being the principal of Amy Richardson Studios.

She also has a BA Hons degree in dance, has performed on a West End stage and been part of the Italian Tour of Fame.

Shaun Hope, the head of school at Hartlepool College of Further Education who is coordinating the programme, said: “Hartlepool is a town full of outstanding performers. The wide variety of dance, music and drama schools demonstrates that.

“I am thrilled that we can offer this exciting and appealing course with someone of Amy’s experience and stature in the industry.

“We have a successful history of running sports academies, and I see this as a similar academy with students benefiting from the support needed to fulfill their potential.”

Students who successfully audition for the new course can have access to the fitness suite, personal trainers, recovery methods including massage and cryotherapy, and regular video analysis.

Amy said: “I am honoured and excited to be running the BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts Course at the college.

“This is exactly what Hartlepool needs. The town is full of amazing young artists who show so much talent within the performing arts industry, so it gives me great pleasure knowing we can now further their knowledge and help them become involved in some incredible experiences the course has to offer.”

Those interested in signing up should contact student services at the college.