Dancer Karolina Piwonska completed her extensive dance training at Leicester College. She took courses including her Level 2 and 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas in Dance, her Foundation Diploma in Dance and finally her BA (Hons) in Performing Arts.
Our highly skilled alumnus is now using her talents as a Freelance Dancer. She spoke to our Alumni Team about what is was like studying dance at Leicester College and shared her experiences of working in the industry.
“Leicester College allowed me to develop my creativity, independence and self-expression,” said Karolina.
“The Leicester College Dance Department provided various styles of dance classes and dance workshops with professional companies which allowed me to explore different styles of movement and adapt it into my own practice. I was always encouraged to be myself and explore who I am through the art of dance and later on through the art of choreography.”
“The best memory I have from college is when I got to work on a contemporary dance piece for one of the dance shows at Leicester College, with my favourite and the most inspiring dance tutor, Lara Walczak. She not only pushed me to grow as an artist but also always supported me.
“Since leaving college I’ve worked on becoming a better person and a more versatile artist,” said Karolina. “I’ve taken up projects at the Curve Theatre, Leicester College, De Montfort University, Addict Dance Academy and also taught dance and drama at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Academy in Syston, where I got to learn to love working with small children.
“Currently I work freelance but mostly I am focusing on finishing my MA in Performance Practices, learning Chinese and Spanish, and working on an R&D on Anthropology of the Movement, Movement Culture and Movement Research.
“I want to focus on Movement Research and Movement Culture, and go beyond the technicalities of the movement, finding a way of connecting to the roots of my own movement, with focus on artistic expression, understanding of the body, health and performance. And then I would like to share my experiences with other movement practitioners,” said Karolina.
“I plan to create choreographies as well as movement sequences to help develop mobility, locomotion, special awareness and body conditioning. I would like to do a PhD based on that research.”