We can't wait to welcome you to Andover College!
We have created this interactive page to give you a sense of what studying Dance at Andover College is like. Scroll down to have a look through at our current outstanding students in full swing. Then try your hand at the Solo Choreography Challenge, how will you represent yourself and individuality through dance?
If you have any questions about our courses please email us -AskPerforming@sparsholt.ac.uk
Check out the pictures of all the trips and extra-curriculum activities our students get to experience along with all the help and support we can provide through our experienced Careers and Health & Wellbeing teams.
Meet your lecturers!
Stimulus Task – Create a dance piece using the stimulus provided, lasting between 30 seconds and 2 minutes.
Your stimulus – ‘A Book’
You should find a book that means something to you – this could be a favourite book as a child, a book you have read recently or one that your favourite film is based off. Pick some key themes from this book. These could include – Love, Control, Loss, Friendship and various others. You can have more than one theme. You will then need to choose a piece of music to choreograph to. This should be something that will relate to the themes you have chosen above.
Your short dance routine should also include the following –
· A turn
· A leap/jump
· Connection with the floor
Think about the story that you are trying to tell.
Solo Choreography Challenge!
Test your skills and learn a new routine! The challenge - simple! - develop a new dance routine that demonstrates your talent and summarises your individual style. Have a look at the beautiful examples included in the presentation and videos below. You can choose whichever style you prefer the only requirement is for you to have fun and challenge yourself!
Send us your results to AskPerforming@sparsholt.ac.uk for a chance to be featured on this page or maybe our social channels!
Solo Choreography Challenge
Check out these documents to understand the course in more detail!
At Andover we are proud of our diverse range of styles and professional workshops. The dancers learn and choreograph routines throughout the year for two dance shows, other local events, competitions and also take part in the annual Christmas panto!
Styles explored include:
Check out some of our students below!
Interested in learning more about the various topics you would study as a Dance student at Andover College? Take a look at the additional resources below and let us know how you get on!
- Boy Blue Entertainment: Emancipation of Expressionism at Breakin' Convention 2013 - here.
- Fiction. (extract) BalletBoyz - here.
- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Revelations - here.
Prefer to read? Take a look at these suggestions:
- Ballet and Modern Dance by Susan Au
- Explore the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre interactive timeline of works here.
- The Intimate Act of Choreography by Lynne Anne Blom and L. Tarin Chaplin (available on google books) here.
Learn this commercial routine from Diversity’s online tutorial here.
For this course you will need good fitness and stamina. Participate in a fitness or dance fitness online class to improve fitness components such as stamina/flexibility and strength. This could be a Joe Wicks workout from his YouTube channel or a dance technique based workout such as a Barre class here.
The Open University has a variety of free online courses available in an array of different subjects. Take a look at the catalogue to choose your course! Here.
BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate in Dance (1-2 Years)
BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma in Dance (1-2 Years) *
Explore our campus including our Dance Workshops and 1803 Performing Arts Theatre!
- Matthew Bourne - swan lake
- Baryshnikov’s Nutcracker
- Revelations - Ailey
- SwanLake - Mat Eks
- Camp Rock
- You got served
- Centre stage
- I dream of Dance
- Alive and Kicking
Our careers guidance aims to expand the horizons of all students enabling you to make informed career decisions in order to progress both during and after college.
Carol is our dedicated Careers Advisor for Andover College!
We also have our Sun Progression Mentor Anna!
Anna works alongside the Southern Universities Network (SUN) to help students recognise the routes of progression available to them, and to continue their journey in education!
We recently launched the new Careers Hub located in the College library so come and say hello to Carol and Anna!
Student wellbeing and support
At Andover College we understand that starting college in these uncertain times can be daunting and we aim to make this process as simple as possible.
We have a dedicated team that provide our students with any additional support they need including;
- Carer support
- Childcare support
- Confidential one-to-one services
We also have at the college Romeo our therapy dog! Romeo is part of the continued effort from Andover College to consistently improve on and add to wellbeing provision for students. Romeo is based on campus with his owner throughout term.
Research has shown that students are significantly less stressed and anxious, and even have increased happiness and energy, immediately following spending time in a drop-in session with a dog present.