Professional Dancers Inspire Students

L to R: Andrej Petrovic, Barton Peveril student Amy Forder, Jose Agudo

Two professional dancers who participated in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics have recently led workshops for A-level Dance students at Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh.

The workshops at Barton Peveril College were led by Jose Agudo and Andrej Petrovic, who are rehearsal directors from the Akram Khan Dance Company.  

Jose and Andrej were among 50 professional dancers who performed in one of the most powerful sections of the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games.  Directed by Danny Boyle and entitled Isles of Wonder, the opening ceremony included this section which was choreographed by the Akrahm Khan Dance Company and set to the striking voice of Emeli Sandé singing Abide With Me.  

The opportunity for Barton Peveril’s students to work with Andrej and Jose arose through the professional network of dance course leader, Tory East,  who also works as a rehearsal director at London Contemporary Dance School.

Describing the workshop as ‘a great experience’ and ‘challenging, both physically and mentally’, students were effusive in their praise for the dancers and the insight they received into the work of a multi-award winning company.

Following the workshop, student Emma Stansall, formerly from Wildern School in Hedge End, said:

“I absolutely loved the intensity and pace of the day. In particular the rhythmic section was so clever, challenging and interesting.”

Will Hodson, formerly from  the Toynbee School, Chandlers Ford,  added:

“The two dancers were brilliant fun. It was an amazing experience to work with such highly respected professionals.”

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site.