BOP at Morley College
In September 2012 - BOP became Company in Residence at Morley College.This innovative partnership has brought together one of London’s most established adult education colleges with an internationally acclaimed professional Jazz Theatre Company, to develop a centre of excellence for artistic jazz dance theatre.
This unique partnership offers the opportunity to both organisations to widen the scope of the art form to audiences and learners of all abilities, and to establish high-quality provision for professional dancers and students who wish to continue their development in this genre. The collaboration aims to develop and sustain the innovation and artistry for jazz dance and music theatre that will further enrich the College’s diverse and inclusive dance provision and to support its ethos of learning for life. Morley College are jointly committed to sharing BOP’s celebrated arts practice with a wide community of participants and audiences from beginners through to advanced students and dance professionals.
Dollie Henry, Artistic Director of BOP says: “As an artistic jazz theatre company, we have always followed the spirit and inclusive expression of the jazz idiom through collaboration and innovation. Sharing our creative professional work and educational philosophy of the jazz art form with Morley College presents us all with a unique and exciting opportunity to create a cohesive link for on-going educational provision and professional artistic development of the jazz dance aesthetic, and to provide a genuine platform for the creative jazz artist and jazz performer.”
Julia Wood, Curriculum Area Manager for Dance at Morley says: “Morley has a strong reputation for excellence in creative and performing arts education; this partnership provides us with a unique opportunity to develop a fully inclusive curriculum for artistic jazz dance from beginners to professional level with the leading jazz dance company in the UK. The curriculum will include support for dancers and teachers at all levels in both technique and performance skills as well as other essential facets of dance education such as maintenance of health, injury prevention and working in the performing arts industry.”
As part of the residency, Morley and BOP will be working together on the delivery of a number of classes, workshops, performances and events which will be open to the wider public.