Trinity Laban dance graduate personifies successful career diversity

Alice _jordan _resizeIn today's challenging job market, artists are finding that it has become increasingly necessary to combine different skill sets and pursue new and varied paths to forge a career within the arts world. Trinity Laban has a focus on entrepreneurial career development and as a result over 97% of undergraduates are in employment or further study six months after they graduate.

We spoke to dance alumnus Alice Jordan about her experience.

After graduating from Trinity Laban in 2009 with a BA in Dance Theatre, choreographer Alice chose to combine her love of dance with a more general interest in theatre, completing an MA in Directing at Central School of Dance and Drama in 2010.

Alice said: "After my training, I moved very quickly into working in theatre and film industries - and in mediums that were not necessarily purely dance forms.

"Combining my training from Trinity Laban with other disciplines has allowed me to evolve as a practitioner. The industry is increasingly interested in using movement directors in all kinds of work and it is important to see what your strengths are and identify where you best fit in the profession."

Alice has worked on an wide series of projects, including choreographing at the National Theatre of Iceland, and working as assistant director and choreographer for a production of the musical Tommy by celebrated rock band The Who with Paul Harris, noted for his work on several of the Harry Potter films.

She also choreographed a short film, Goodnight, which was nominated for a BAFTA for best short film. Goodnight also won the California independent Film Festival best short film and Palm Springs international short film award. She recently movement-directed A Thousand Miles of History, which gained a four star review from The Times and appeared in the BBC Radio 4 Weekend critics' special.

In the coming months, Alice will be movement directing for Les Foules theatre company on Cymbeline at The Space. She will also be taking her devised puppetry piece Breaking News to the Edinburgh festival with Icelandic company, Vavavoom.

So what's the key to success?

"Trinity Laban gives you a set of creative tools that you find yourself drawing upon constantly in the outside professional world. My training taught me the ability to see movement from new perspectives, thus creatively opening my mind to new possibilities."

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