The dance staff at the University of Wolverhampton are always happy to hear back from our graduates and we always encourage them to stay in touch after they graduate. Here a couple of updates on Iona Waite and Rebecca Namgauds:
Iona Waite (Education Officer and Dancer at ACE dance and music in Birmingham)
Iona Waite Graduated from the Dance Programme at University of Wolverhampton in 2011. That same year she was successfully awarded a grant from the BBC Performing Arts Fund to become a Dance Fellow (apprentice) with ACE Dance and Music. On completion of her fellowship Iona was offered a full-time position as Youth co-ordinator. This then progressed into her current role as Education Officer where her responsibilities include outreach activities, teaching weekly classes, as well as managing rehearsal and tour schedules for ACE Youth including exchanges with their partner youth organisations in Amsterdam, Switzerland and France. In 2013 Iona debuted as a professional dancer on the ‘Mana’ tour by ACE dance and music.
This year Iona was awarded a further £10,000 from the BBC’s Legacy Grant. Over the next 6 months Iona will be visiting 5 international companies: Josette Baiz- France, Alvin Ailey-New York, Zfin Malta Dance Ensemble-Malta and Flatfoot Dance Company-South Africa. This will strengthen and continue the previous relationships built by ACE dance and music.
Iona told us: "This is amazing opportunity for me. It will develop my professional practice, widen my artistic experience but most importantly through this experience I will be able to encourage potential, build confidence and nurture inventiveness with the next generation of young people here at ACE dance and music".
Rebecca Namgauds (Freelance Dance Artist UK)
Rebecca Graduated from the Dance Programme in 2013 and has since been working as a freelance artist in the Birmingham and London areas. While at Rebecca gained valuable performance experiences in both youth and graduate dance companies based in the West Midlands. Upon Graduation she became part of Autin Dance Theatre and performed at various venues in Birmingham.
In 2013 Rebecca Choreographed and performed her solo Severed Dreams as part of Cloud Dance Festival at The Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London which she shown again recently at the the first Dance All Over E17 a free two-day event funded by Waltham Forest the council and organised by Ajos Dance, an award-winning social enterprise. Rebecca is recently back from a year of professional dance training in Italy and she is currently performing in London based artist Eddie Peak's Installation the Forever Loop at the Barbican in London.
Senior Lecturer Danielle Aways says: "It is always a pleasure to hear back from our graduates. It is great to see Iona and Rebecca forging their own paths in the dance industry and we look forward to inviting them back to the dance department to discsuss their experiences with our dance students."