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Victoria Hearne – Bath Spa University

 Alumni profile 

Course studied: BA (Hons) Dance
Graduating year: 2013

I established my company, Untold Dance Theatre, at the end of 2016 and secured Arts Council Funding to create an all-female intergenerational dance piece named Women-Wise. Untold Dance Theatre is now resident company at 1532 Theatre in Bristol.

I am joint artistic director of Kinesis Youth Dance and Gerry's Attic over 55s dance performance company. I also lecture in contemporary technique at The Big Act Musical Theatre School as well as working as an associate lecturer at Bath Spa University.

I have performed extensively for Julia Thorneycroft Dance and now I currently dance for Chhaya Collective, run by choreographer Kay Crook.

I was part of the 2016 "Overture" cohort, an artistic development programme run by Matthew Bourne's New Adventures.

Through my work I am now continuing my research into how dance theatre can create a positive impact on improving women's mental health.

"The course provided me with the confidence to get started in my career straight away after graduating."

Why did you choose to study Dance at Bath Spa?

I originally studied on a foundation degree in Bristol and then chose to complete my third year at Bath Spa. I was attracted to the course as I had heard about the somatics module which had always interested me, as well as the opportunity to be part of a company in the third year.

How did the course support your steps into the industry?

The course provided me with the confidence to get started in my career straight away after graduating. It also gave me the tools and knowledge to build my own website and give presentations on my work, and allowed for individual creativity. Studying somatics in particular gave me the inspiration for my current artistic practice. In fact, I was supported by the lecturers throughout my third year whilst I was an apprentice in Julia Thorneycroft Dance.  

"The best thing about the course... "

Being given the opportunity and freedom to find my artistic voice. 

"I am most proud of..."

Securing Arts Council funding for my company and creating Women-Wise. 

"My highlights..."

Being able to study on a beautiful campus every day, surrounded by nature. Performing my dissertation solo in the University Theatre. Studying Somatics.

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