STUDENTS BRING HIP HOP TO THE STAGE

Talented students from City of Wolverhampton College are bringing hip hop to the stage – and hoping their moves will land them a spot in a street dance spectacular.

Working with a professional hip hop dance artist, the group of performing arts students have created a five minute piece which will be revealed at the ZooResidence Showcase: Nursery Rhymez Remixed, at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on January 27.

There they will be competing against youngsters from 11 other colleges and schools across the Midlands for the chance to take part in curtain raiser performances for musical Into the Hoods: Remixed, which is running at the theatre in February.

Their act, based around the fairy tale the Fox and the Goose, will be judged by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, Associate Director and Choreographer of Into the Hoods: Remixed, and Mikey Ureta, finalist on Sky 1’s Got to Dance and member of Boyband Dance Crew, with talented dancers selected for the show.

The showcase is the culmination of in-school dance residencies as part of the ZooResidence Outreach Project.

Tutor Ruth Gavin said: “Twenty four of our students have been involved in this unique project, learning hip hop and finding out what it is like to work with a professional choreographer.

“The Performing Arts industry can be a tough one to break into and opportunities like these are a great way for our students to experience the audition process first hand and gain the skills they will need in their future careers.”

Into the Hoods: Remixed takes place at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from February 25 to 27.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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