‘Against the proposed cut of BA(Hons) Dance at The University of Plymouth.’

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Karrie Mondal
Jul 7, 2021
I stand for Dance to be kept, Music to be kept.

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lucy gomer
Jul 4, 2021
The course should not be cut. It creates graduate practitioners of such good quality and also a genuine respect for and understanding of inclusion and diversity. The graduates feed this into the local, National (and international) dance communities as well as through dance make a positive impact upon others’ well-being and contribution to society, in schools, colleges, local communities, the list is endless. Plymouth, Devon, the south west and on will be a worse place for it. Already struggling as an area economically, the Plymouth Uni dance graduates offer a network of professional and passionate links that have been eroded from other areas. I am signing this to oppose the Uni plans to cut the course shocked to find it was even being contemplated. It may seem that it’s ‘only dance’ compared to sciences and languages etc that impress the academics etc but dance is a language, it is a science, it is an essential part of communication for so many who previously did not communicate or found their way was not appropriate; to enable those who are limited by others’ perception of what they can achieve physically, mentally, socially to overcome these barriers and break through the glass ceilings into unexpected fields of excellence. To cut the dance course shows a management’s total lack of regard and understanding of dance, of the graduate practitioners contribution to the community, and the recipients of workshops and audiences, and so on. I could go on! The dance course at Plymouth uni is held in high regard by so many. Please don’t cut it. Really explore what the graduates do instead of seeing it as a lesser being than the sciences etc. I may be wrong but I bet more are using the degree in their life than many who took degrees following on from A levels that have played no specific further part in their work and contribution to others. Assess the benefit of keeping the Plymouth Uni dance course by real assessment of what it really offers the students and then those graduates who individually and as part of a network then pass on their skills to an enormously diverse community in an increasingly misunderstood multicultural multi ability society:
improved condition of your heart and lungs
increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
increased aerobic fitness
improved muscle tone and strength
weight management
stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
better coordination, agility and flexibility
improved balance and spatial awareness
increased physical confidence
improved mental functioning
improved general and psychological wellbeing
greater self-confidence and self-esteem
better social skills.
Do this instead of assessing the Plymouth Uni Dance course in a short sighted way; an easy option to cut. Please

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Jade WARD
Jun 9, 2021
dance is vital to life!

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Val Radmore
Jun 8, 2021
Music and dance so important , not only for the participants but for the psychological , physical and social wellbeing for such a wide range of people. Must be kept as Plymouth City Council is hoping to compete as The City of Culture and it would be perverse to cut the BA(Hons) Dance.

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AJ Cuthbertson
Jun 8, 2021
Keep options for professional dance training in the South West

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Sam gilroy
Jun 8, 2021
Dance and connection is essential.

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Frances Porritt
Jun 8, 2021
Dance is as important as all the arts and access to dance courses is limited in the south west.

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Assis Carreiro
Jun 8, 2021
I have a BA and MA in dance and know first hand how important these courses are for the arts and cultural infrastructures ans they cannot disappear.

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Charlotte Purkis
Jun 7, 2021
Dance is actually phenomenally popular in the UK at the moment and this course is the focus of a critical hub for the south-west. How about investing in marketing the course nationally and internationally with targeted effort and resources by management to try to secure its future? Plymouth is such an amazingly creative place and dance should not be lost - look to the success of PCA for example.

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Cathy Seago
Jun 7, 2021
We need dance courses like this one