How Dance at D&A can Change Your Life

Release Date: 23 July 2018

“If it wasn't for The Space at D&A College giving me an opportunity, a ‘run of the mill’ 16-year-old boy from Dundee, I wouldn’t have realised my potential, first off in the drama course then the dance course!”

John Ross is an award winning and internationally known dancer, actor and choreographer. Born and raised in Dundee, he was initially interested in theatre and began training as an actor at The Space, Dundee and Angus College’s renowned creative facility. But fascinated by the power of movement, John soon switched courses to join the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance.

John Ross dancerSince then, after a further spell studying at the London Contemporary Dance School, John has forged a highly successful career working with professional choreographers and companies such as Tom Dale Company, Jasmin Varidmon, Gecko Dance Theatre and Punchdrunk. He has created works for companies such as Dance United, Shoreditch Youth Dance and The CAT Programmes, alongside works in Dance works at Dance Institutions such as The Place, Northern School. He collaborated on an award-winning new musical for the Old Vic Theatre for which he was also nominated for Best Choreographer category. In 2014 John won The Matthew Bourne Choreographer Award and also The BBC Fellowship Award for Swindon Dance.

John’s success in such a competitive sphere is not only impressive but inspiring. He now runs his own company, John Ross Dance, and tours nationally and internationally.

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On top of this, John is now a fully recognised Theatre Movement Director, working with directors and actors on high profile film, TV and theatre projects.

But despite this John has never forgotten the life changing start he made at D&A’s The Space.

“I wouldn't have got to where I am now. A million ‘thank yous’ to all who helped shape this crazy journey!”

If you’d like more information on how to access a course like John’s then try our website for more information.