Dance students from New College Lanarkshire have taken a bite out of the Big Apple on a six-day visit to the United States.
Nine HND Professional Dance Performance students from the Coatbridge Campus made the trip with lecturers Julie McLaughlin and Sharon Mudie.
The group attended daily classes at Broadway Dance Center and also visited the Baryshnikov Arts Center, which are both in Manhattan.
Planning for the visit started last semester – and was inspired by Julie who studied at Broadway Dance Center and has experienced first-hand the benefits of its training and classes.
The students organised a fundraiser at the Coatbridge Campus to cover their flights and accommodation costs for staying at an Airbnb apartment in Jersey City.
Highlights from the trip included dinner at The Cheesecake Factory, shopping at Macy’s and visits to the September 11 Memorial and Central Park, plus an overnight stay in Chicago.
Lauren Cartwright said: “What a week we had! Being able to dance on Broadway with such a talented bunch of girls is a whole different experience.
“Broadway Dance Center was a dream – the choreographers we had were inspiring and so happy in what they were doing.
“The people, the buildings, the art, the sights – it was mesmerising. Never will we have an experience like it again.
“We are so grateful for what we achieved over there and it will be a trip to remember.”
Samantha Baird added: “Each individual choreographer was so supportive and kind – their words of wisdom were truly inspiring and personally made me want to push myself even harder as a dancer to become the best possible version of myself.
“I tried a street jazz class with Kenichi Kasamatsu, which was a style of dance I haven’t tried before and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the choreography – I loved every moment of it!
“We all had such an incredible time and grew so much closer as a group.”
Production Assistant Rowen Letham said: “Julie and Sharon were so impressed with the work ethic of the girls and how well they performed in all classes alongside such a high standard of dancers.
“Now they all want to move to New York and train at Broadway Dance Center!
“Some of the girls had never travelled outwith the UK before, therefore it was a true once-in-a-lifetime experience, which also helped them gain invaluable life skills.”
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