New dance studio and courses in Abingdon to boost Oxfordshire performing arts skills

    A new dance studio at Abingdon & Witney College will soon be helping future stars of the stage make their first big break into the industry. 

    The facility in Abingdon is double the size of the previous studio, with 174sq.m split between two studios, and the extra space will allow for more than 60 additional students to join the performing arts courses. 

    It is a timely investment for college’s performing arts department, with a new dance study pathway planned for 2020 to sit alongside the current popular musical theatre route. 

    Students will typically start at Level 3 at the college, which is A level equivalent, and progress onto university, to prestigious acting and dance institutions, or straight into employment. These courses are accredited by the University of Arts London (UAL), offering a well-established and instantly recognisable qualification. 

    Students can also stay at college and study at Level 4. The Diploma in Performing Arts (Creative Practitioner) is the perfect stepping-stone to bridge between Level 3/A levels and university, and is accredited by Rock School Limited (RSL).  

    A time-lapse of the studio being installed at the Abingdon campus 

    Also new for 2019-2020, students will be able to take part in joint showcases with the Amanda Alder Dance Academy, who offer classes in schools and centres across the county, and potential work experience for both performing and production arts students with the Academy. 

    It’s founder and director, Amanda Isard, said:

    “After years of searching for a ‘home’ for our students, we are so excited to be creating this amazing partnership with Abingdon and Witney College. Not only can we now offer two fitted dance studios, but changing rooms, plenty of on-site parking and a coffee shop for our parents waiting! We are so excited and really looking forward to some fabulous collaborations with the performing and production arts students.”

    Hannah James, Head of Faculty for the college’s creative courses, said:

    “We are so excited and fortunate to have these large dance studios, which will enable both the college and Amanda Alder Dance Academy students to grow and flourish. We can’t wait to work in partnership with Amanda and her team to offer the best dance training and qualifications in the county.”


    Applications are still open, so why not join us this September! 

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    (August 2019)

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