Dance Personal Statement 1
Putting on my first pair of black ballet shoes at the tender age of 6 brings a smile to my face. Little did I realise at that time the joy, passion and sheer delight it has given me.
My interest in dance started at the age of 6 years old in my local ballet class. It fascinates me in the way we can move without speaking with just the emotion on ones face and the movement created to show such feeling. My passion lies in dance, as this is what I have always wanted to do. I have chosen to study dance at university as I would like to take this path to find my future career.
Ballet is my most prominent form of dance as I feel that this is my strongest dance style. It is so expressive, graceful and leaves so much inspiration. I take two one hour classes outside of school to develop my skills as a ballerina; one of which is a private lesson. In these lessons I am working towards achieving my intermediate exam on the RAD examination board, which I will be taking in summer 2009. This shows the commitment I have to attend these classes. These lessons have improved my pointe work and posture tremendously. The classes give me so much fulfilment and at the end of each class feel as though I have achieved something, improving after every class.
I also attend “****** ******* Stage School”; this gives me the opportunity to broaden my ability to dance in other styles of dance. Every week I take classes in Gymnastics, Ballet, Modern, Tap and Drama. Each class helps me to improve and challenges my ability. Modern helps me to improve my stamina, endurance and technical ability, while tap is helping me to improve my co-ordination. Whilst attending “****** ******” I have achieved my bronze medal in gymnastic dance and Grade 6 ballet. In January 2009 I am looking to accomplish my Intermediate ballet examination on the IDTA exam board. I am also working at Grade 5 standard in both Modern and tap classes. With “****** ****** Stage School” I have performed at my local theatre “The ****** Swan” in June 2007. This gave me the opportunity to perform in front of an audience in new styles of dance including line dancing and a Caribbean style. I will also be dancing here in June 2009.
At school I voluntarily help in a GCSE dance class to help my teacher. Last year my teacher was pregnant, so I taught 20 students their set solo for their dance GCSE exam. This gave me great experience and confidence as I was able to work with the students to help them with a subject I have such a passion for. This year I am going to be organising a dance class for the new year Seven’s, and then choreograph a routine for them to perform in our gym and dance show at school.
Recently at school I have become elected as Head of Year 10. In this capacity I will be constantly liaising with the form groups of Year 10 and discussing what changes they would like within the school community. Also as part of this important role I must organise events for their year group: with their help and support. I was chosen from many applicants who applied for this position due to me being a good role model, influential, organised and enthusiastic. In July this year I ran a workshop for Year 2’s in dance. I spent the day teaching over 100 children the art of Maypole dancing. I also received a very prestigious ‘Head Teachers Commendation’ certificate. This is given to only one student each year in each subject. I received this for my contribution to dance. The school I attend at present specialises in Performing Arts and Technology. I have also volunteered to assist in a Year 6 Technology Day, Year 6 Induction Evenings and Year 10 Team Building Day.
My A level choices were chosen around the subject of dance. I am studying Performing Arts, Dance and Philosophy and Ethics. I chose Performing Arts as this included dance, drama and music. I particularly enjoyed creating a performance in the style of Lloyd Newson. The way he used taboo subjects, risks and humour, allowed me to develop my understanding of dance, to create an original piece of contemporary dance. The reason I chose Philosophy and Ethics is not only because I find it interesting but also to improve my essay writing skills.
Outside of school I work part time at ******* Pharmacy, where I have been for a year now. My duties include customer care, being able to work within a team, cash handling and giving medical advice to customers.
Every week I also attend a church youth group for 11 to 18 year olds. Here I am able to get involved with the local community with projects such as ‘Lighthouse’. This is a Christian summer school for children aged 4 to 11. Here I work as a volunteer during the first week of the schools summer holidays. As this will be my last year here I will also be helping to raise money for a group of friends to go out to Kenya. To do this we will need to organise fundraising events to support their journey.
University life, I believe, will be challenging, engaging and will give me opportunities to pursue my love of dance. I do have the qualities to exceed well in the course – self-motivation, eagerness to please and enthusiasm to learn and perform. I can communicate well, am a good listener and can work independently or within a group. I would value and relish the opportunity to further my knowledge, understanding and above all the skills needed to become successful in my future career.
Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018
Sample Performing Arts Personal Statement
Going to a professional theatre to see a West End musical for the first time when I was ten was an unforgettable experience for me and immediately convinced me that this was the sort of world in which I should like to spend my life. I was overwhelmed by the magic of live performance, the bright lights and gigantic stage, and I truly believe that those who share the same drive will understand that intense feeling of wanting to act, sing and dance for an audience. Time has only intensified for me this strong desire; it is almost as if performing is a part of me and where I belong.
From that point on I made every effort to involve myself in the world of performing arts. I joined Youth Music Theatres. In the Vocal Performance Academy I began to gain qualifications, including the Trinity Guildhall Exam at grade 5 and the grade 4 Lamda Exam, which I passed with high merits. I also trained to dance at the Pink Dance Academy, where I gained a Street Dance Exam Silver Medal with Merit, and joined Inferno Street Dance UK. At the same time I underwent private and group voice training, and played a range of characters and leading roles, from Mary in the nursery nativity play to Rizzo in my school’s 2012 production of Grease. A great highlight last month was my first professional performance, at The Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone, London
Choosing Performing Arts for A Level has given me an excellent foundation for my future career, with its emphasis on production as well as performance. Questions of set design, lighting, costume design, and the management of rehearsal all interest me deeply. I recently worked as assistant stage manager backstage on the school’s production of Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale, which introduced me to the offstage side of the Performing Arts industry. The director and the company relied on me totally for management control, which meant my organization skills had to be perfect, and, even though I soon understood how demanding the backstage roles are, I loved the ‘behind the scenes’ atmosphere.
Since entering the Sixth Form I have begun audition preparation and have attended auditions for small and large-scale theatre companies. I have started this early, partly because I want to gain more experience, but also in order to train myself personally to cope with the inevitable rejection and learn from constructive criticism. In April 2012 I went for an audition for the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York, my first big audition, where I was struck by how fierce the competition is in this profession. I was thrilled and honoured to be accepted and awarded an International Scholarship on to their two-year integrated programme, which I intend to take up after university, as I feel that the more training I can have, the more my skills will develop as a performer and the greater my personal maturity will be in handling the challenges of a life in the theatre.
Working during 2012 at Costa Coffee has gained me a professional qualification as a barista and 12 months previously as a waitress at DeVere conference hotel has strengthened and developed my teamwork skills and creativity within a professional working environment of customer engagement and service which has further developed the ‘people skills’ which are of value in studying a degree in performing arts. I have also done charity work for the Royal British legion and for the help for Heroes campaign.
To be able to perform and express my passion for the arts every day would be the most rewarding and deeply satisfying form of study for me. I would be doing what I love and pursuing work that inspires me. I find the constant buzz and adrenaline rush that come from performing on stage quite irresistible. I believe I that success is a very much a matter of attitude, and my academic achievements and commitment to the stage so far demonstrate my drive, self motivation and determination to realize my goals.
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