Performing Arts and Drama students gain Broadway experience

Published: 10 February 2014 at 08:54

Anglia Ruskin students with Broadway performer Colin Cunliffe (front row centre in white t-shirt)

Trip to New York includes choreography and dance tuition

At the end of January 2014, 25 third year Performing Arts and Drama students from Anglia Ruskin University spent four days in New York. The trip, organised by Dr Nigel Ward with the support of the Department of Music and Performing Arts, enabled students to watch performances, visit the sights, attend exhibitions and familiarise themselves with the artistic and vibrant city of New York.

Most importantly, as part of the trip, students were taught by Broadway choreographer and dancer Colin Cunliffe and Broadway conductor Sonny Paladino, who are currently both involved with the most nominated musical of the year, Pippin, presented at the Music Box. Pippin, which has been awarded four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, was also one of the shows that students saw during the trip and in the workshop, they were taught the opening musical number Magic to Do.

Other highlights of the trip included ice-skating in Central Park, opening the Disney Store in Times Square, and visits to the Empire State Building and the Museum of Modern Art. Students were exhilarated by the abundance of cultural and creative opportunities and made the most of their time in New York.

The lecturers that accompanied them, Dr Nigel Ward and Dr Eirini Kartsaki, were pleased with the students' initiative and impressed with their spirit of independence. The trip, which offered a unique life experience, was appreciated as such - as one student put it: 'This was the best week of my life.'