Dance Performance & Teaching graduate Laura Worden tells us about her experience
BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching, 2014
UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Laura Worden, has landed a dynamic role with leading Lancashire dance development charity, Ludus Dance.
Dance has always been a part of Laura’s life and before studying at UCLan she was involved in amateur dramatics, performing, choreographing, classes and cabaret. Laura chose her degree course because of the placement opportunity available to her. She was particularly interested in community dance as well as the chance to run her own dance project.
The experience Laura gained from her degree course helped her to get a job at inclusive dance charity, DanceSyndrome, before graduating. Following graduation in 2014, Laura started as a freelance dance artist working in schools and community settings. The practical learning and theoretical knowledge gained from the UCLan Dance Performance and Teaching course proved beneficial for Laura’s job. Based on her experience and what she had learned during her degree, Laura was appointed in her current job as Dance Development Officer at Ludus Dance, Lancashire’s leading dance development charity.
Laura’s role at Ludus involves; leading workshops, producing events, managing projects, applying for grants and funding as well as running a variety of dance classes. Recently, Laura produced a dance piece for a Heritage Lottery Funded project about the women’s suffrage movement, which was performed in Preston City Centre. She claims this has been her greatest achievement to date.
Laura was asked what advice she would give to graduates wanting to pursue a similar career path. In response, she said: “Make sure it’s your passion. Do something you care about and take every little bit out of the experience that you can. Keep networking as work can come from places you would never expect it to.”
"Studying at UCLan has had a profound impact on Laura, as she says: “Every aspect of the course filters through to everything I do, whether it be on a personal or professional level. My whole life (and my outlook on life) has changed completely.”"— Laura Worden, Dance Performance & Teaching, BA (Hons)