Harlow College students create dance performance to show the harrowing effects of cyber-bullying

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PERFORMING Arts students at Harlow college are addressing the dangers of bullying through their use of dance.

The students created a devised performance based on the Giselle ballet. With the help of teachers and professionals they included digital technology within the show to stress how powerful social media can be.

Head of Performing Arts, Natalie Francis, said: “Before a performance all students prepare by warming up physically and mentally. Cyber-bullying was our main stimulus this term and we used digital technology, embedding this into the dance piece.”

Technician, Robert Dyer, said: “I came up with the idea of using an anti-bullying theme for the students’ performance. My inspiration came from Willy Russell’s novel, Blood Brother’s.”

Head of dance and musical theatre, Robert Anderson, said: “There are always news stories on bullying and we wanted to choose a theme that is both topical and prevalent.

“Social media can be a great tool but it can also be obsessive. People need to be kind and think about what they are going to say before saying it.”

Level three performing arts student and main dancer for the show, Laura Lewis, said: “I am auditioning for dance colleges in September this year and hopefully I will gain a career in dance.

“During my time here, I have learnt all different styles of dance, including commercial. I have done mock auditions which I found helpful and will prepare me for when I meet experts.”

Another one of the performers, level three student, Brooke Turnstill, said: “I really want a career in dance but I would like to take a gap year and audition next year. I think we can both collectively say that we have become more all rounded performers than what we ever were.”



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