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19 May 2017

Student Gains Industry Insight at Dance Summit

Music, Theatre and Entertainment Management student Erika Chursina has just returned from the Beyond Boundaries Dance Summit in Bournemouth.

The Summit consisted of two days of performances and talks exploring what is helpful (or not) about regional identification and how artists and promoters from different regions can connect with each other within the UK dance sector.

Erika said: "Taking part in this has deepened my understanding of different aspects of promotion; not only in the dance industry but also other types of live performance. It made me realise that collaborations and partnerships between venues, producers and dance companies on a national level is crucial for increasing an impact on broader audiences. All this can be achieved by constantly evaluating the industry and improving the communication between specialists, as well as improving the competence of younger producers and programme designers.

"It has inspired me to seek more knowledge in the areas of building an artist's brand, understanding the needs of different audiences, and establishing more collaborative work with my colleagues in the future."

James Randell, Production Assistant at Falmouth, added: "We always engage our Cultural Management & Production students in as many go-see opportunities as possible. It is extremely beneficial to a student's learning and development to experience work and conversations with practitioners in the industry. This student involvement and feedback enables our programming and development work at AMATA to stay up-to-date and in line with student needs."

The Beyond Boundaries Dance Summit was organised by Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW) and Lighthouse, Poole with our AMATA Production Team.