Rachel Eke and Emily Bolton - Dance graduates
Rachel and Emily graduated in 2011. They run a creative dance social enterprise called Movin’2gether. Their business includes Arts Award qualifications for young people, as well as work with over 55s; mature mover classes at Curve Theatre Leicester, and sessions in community centres and care homes.
They were inspired to pursue this area of work as a career when in the third year of their course they undertook a short placement at a women’s refuge. Since then they have been awarded a number of grants to help them start their business.
They work for DMU’s Mile2 project, which helps support a local community facing huge social challenges. A pilot project successfully saw seven young people achieve their Bronze Arts Award through Movin’2gether’s innovative programme and now 10 further programmes exist, which also provide mini placement opportunities for third year DMU students.
They especially appreciated those parts of the DMU Dance course that had a theoretical content, and the fact that the teaching stressed dance as an all-round activity. They are able to apply much of the research from their third year Dance Research Projects to the development of their business and current practice, especially their research on collaborative practice and how the arts develop self-esteem in young people.
The opportunity to show their performance work in year three helped them establish a profile. The breadth of coverage on the course enabled them to choose their own pathways in an informed way. ‘That is the beauty of the course — it opens up options for you and supports you’ they say.