Dance Performance and Teaching graduate Rebecca Winter tells us her experience
The University of Central Lancashire Dance Performance and Teaching graduate, Rebecca Winter, has taken her career journey to China to become an English Language Teacher.
Rebecca chose to study BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching because the course offered a range of modules that allows practitioners to develop and grow as artists, teachers and individuals.
Following graduation in 2013, Rebecca travelled to China to teach English through the arts in a training school. A year later, Rebecca moved to the main university in Zhuzhou to teach spoken English. At the university, she created a club called Jump-In where students were free to explore movement and different styles of dance whilst using English for communication. Rebecca also completed a master’s course in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with Applied Linguistics, which she cites as her greatest achievement to date.
At present, Rebecca works as an English Language Teacher at Hunan University of Technology. Her role entails teaching English as a foreign language, planning lessons and creating presentation topics to engage learners through imagery, song and dance.
Rebecca reflects on her time spent at the University of Central Lancashire,
"Most of my lasting memories involve the practical elements from the modules. The euphoria after a performance, the joy after remembering a technique routine, the excitement of creating something new and the relaxation of Somatics."
Speaking of her degree, Rebecca added: “Studying Dance Performance and Teaching at the University of Central Lancashire has had a great impact on my life. Although I am not directly teaching dance, I use the skills gained from this course daily. This course gave me the confidence to develop and challenge myself in ways I never would have thought to be possible.”
When asked what advice she had for graduates and students wanting to follow a similar study path, Rebecca said: “Don’t hesitate, do it!"