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LIPA dance teacher wins inspirational award

Monday 24 July 2017

LIPA dance teacher wins inspirational award
The award goes to someone who’s judged to be a dedicated higher education practitioner ‘who motivates their students, developing skills and passion for learning…inspiring the next generation of performers, choreographers, teachers and practitioners.’

Anna’s thrilled to get the award. “I’m absolutely delighted to win and to have received recognition from such a prestigious organisation as One Dance UK for my teaching.

“I was astounded to even have been nominated by my colleagues and then shortlisted for the final three. I feel this is a huge honour and a great way to celebrate 10 years at LIPA.”

Before working at LIPA Anna trained at the Royal Ballet School and then danced for the Hamburg Ballet, where she was directed by John Neumeier and went on to tour over 17 countries, performing at the Palais Garnier in Paris and Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersberg.

“I often discuss my experiences with students, both my time as a student and a professional dancer,” explains Anna. “I think it is very important for students to realise that when training we all had struggles to face. Being positive and guiding students to achieve their best is my ultimate goal in all of my teaching.”

One Dance UK formed in 2016 as a unified industry body for dance and dance education. The awards were set up to champion the work of people and organisations who provide dance opportunities for people across the UK.

The recognition for Anna comes as she prepares for a new role at LIPA as Course Leader for the Foundation Certificate in Commercial Dance: “I look forward to being responsible for a cohort of students who will spend a year under my guidance. Seeing the transformation of these students will be so rewarding.”