Taking steps to forge dance links

Release Date: 13 September 2016

D&A College staff welcomed two staff from the University of Malaya, on Wednesday, September 14, in a bid to create a wining dance partnership.

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 Dr Premalatha Thiagarajan, head of the dance department at the Kuala Lumpar based university and Mr Leng Poh Gee, were welcomed to The Space at D&A College Kingsway Campus by Lee Lapin, head of performing arts, Julie Grace, director curriculum and attainment and Chris Alexander, head of art and performing art at D&A.

The University of Malaya offers a three-year degree in performing arts with departments in music, drama, visual arts and dance, while The Space is home to the Scottish Contemporary Dance ­– the only place in Scotland offering full time, three-year training in contemporary dance.

As well as enjoying demonstrations of the work done by contemporary dance students at The Space, including studio work, choreography, ballet, hip hop, the visitors also gave workshops on traditional Malay dance, Indian dance, and Malaysian contemporary dance.

The visit was part of a project sponsored by the EU’s Higher Education Erasmus + programme entitled East Meets West, which saw Lee and Daniel Aing (lecturer) visited the University of Malaya in March this year.

“Visits of this sort are extremely valuable in terms of sharing best practice in education and demonstrating exciting techniques to our students,” said Lee.

“We hope that we can further develop this partnership in future.”