Staff and former students from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) have been working with the dance, drama and music students of Cronton Sixth Form as part of a new partnership between LIPA and the Centre of Excellence in Performing Arts at the College.
The new collaboration has been created to offer fantastic support to the students from the Centre of Excellence at Cronton Sixth Form to help them progress in their discipline of dance, drama or music to higher education by offering audition advice, workshops, access to performances at LIPA and assistance with university applications as well as an opportunity for the students to take part in a four day intensive skills development course.
A series of workshops have taken place at Cronton Sixth Form over the last few weeks to mark the new partnership, allowing year one and two performance and music students to gain an insight in to the range of performance degrees taught at LIPA and the possible progression routes available to them on completion of their studies at Cronton.
Head of Performing Arts & Media Sharon Graham said, “This was an invaluable opportunity for our first and second year students to experience a taste of what studying at LIPA would involve. The students gained so much from the day and we are very excited to have developed this partnership with LIPA as it will provide an excellent insight in to Higher Education for all of our performing arts students.”
BTEC Dance student Bianca Mulholland, previously from Wade Deacon High School said “I really enjoyed the workshop and it has made me want to apply to study dance further after college.”
Joanna Oldham from LIPA said of the partnership “The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) is working with Cronton Sixth Form College to help local talent explore career pathways into the performing arts. We’ve started with taster sessions, so the students can get a feel of what life’s like learning at LIPA. They’ve been finding out about the degree options we offer, which are acting, dance, music, performance technology and design, community drama and entertainment management.”