26 January 2016

A top choreographer has selected an elite company of Loughborough College dancers for a one-off performance in front of an audience of thousands.

Rong Tao has travelled to the UK from China and spent several days at the college before announcing the six talented students he will be working with over the coming weeks to develop and rehearse a piece for the major event.

The former principle dancer with the Beijing Dance Company joined performing arts students as well as those with learning difficulties for a series of workshops in the College’s new £15m Loughborough Arts Academy.

Emma Ledsam, Creative Arts Lead at Loughborough College said:

“All of the students given the opportunity to work with Rong Tao and to speak with him about his inspiration, style and techniques, gained a valuable insight into performance and how artists work.

“Students from across Performing Arts, as well as those from Transitions and our Exploring the Creative Arts and Media Sectors course, learnt valuable skills in improvised movement and working quickly without inhibitions, which they can apply in their continuing studies.

The selected students will continue to work with Rong Tao in the run-up to the Chinese New Year celebrations in Nottingham at Lakeside Arts on 14 February, expected to attract more than 5000 people.

Rong Tao toured internationally before founding the Yu Dance Company in Chongquing and becoming a professor of modern dance at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. He is brought to England through a partnership including Charnwood Arts.

Loughborough College is an emfec member with a long and proud standing reputation for providing excellent levels of high-quality teaching and training across Leicestershire.