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Delicia Sefiha – Bath Spa University

 Alumni profile 

Course studied: BA (Hons) Dance and English Literature
Graduating year: 2016

After training in contemporary dance in various dance schools in Greece, I moved to the UK to study Contemporary Dance and English Literature. I graduated in 2016 and moved to Bristol where I started working as a freelance dance artist. I continued my training by attending different intensive programmes, seminars and workshops (Jasmin Vardimon Intensive Programme, Ashford UK / School of New Dance Development Intensive Programme, Amsterdam, Netherlands / Deltebre Dansa Festival, Deltebre, Spain, and others).

I am now teaching contemporary dance at the Emily Baker Dance School in Bristol and at the Bath Youth Dance Company in Bath while also building my own dance theatre company alongside my collaborator Xavier De Santos. Our first project as a company, "Milan's Game", has been performed as 'work in progress' at the Evolve Platform in Bath and at the Testing Ground platform Bristol and will be soon performed in London as part of the Resolution dance festival.

"I recommend Bath Spa because it is a University which supports and listens to its students."

Why did you choose the course you studied at Bath Spa?

I chose the contemporary Dance course at Bath Spa because it offers the opportunity to train physically, to perform and create. As I am equally passionate about performance and creative practice I thought this course would help me develop both these fields.

What were your highlights?

Performing in Nica, a piece created by Impermanence Dance Theatre for one of the third year modules, and creating and performing in my dissertation piece A writer, a typewriter and the matter of love.

How did the course support your steps into industry?

This course gives a lot of emphasis on finding your own dance voice and exploring what makes you unique, both as a mover and as an artist, which is really important in an industry where competition is enormous. I also found Professional Development Planning very helpful in understanding how the dance industry works.

"The best thing about the course..."

Is that it is creative and challenging.

"I am most proud of..."

All the days that I didn't leave the studio until I was satisfied with the result.

"My advice for current students is..."

Test every idea you have. Be weird. Fail a lot. Move every day.

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