NEWS: Got to Dance finalist Nicolette Whitley to share moves with local youngsters

Young people who love to dance can pick up some new moves this summer from Got to Dance finalist Nicolette Whitley, co-founder of the contemporary dance duo Alleviate. Nicolette is joining the LIPA 4:19 performing arts academy’s summer school programme as a guest tutor. She will be leading a one-week pop and jazz workshop for budding performers, being held from 5 to 9 August 2013.

Alleviate were the runners-up on Sky1’s Got to Dance series in 2011 and went on to star, in 2012, in the hit dance show Flash Mob at Sadler’s Wells’ Peacock Theatre in the West End. Alleviate were also invited to perform for the Queen at Buckingham Palace with Flawless, Joe McElderry, Rumer and DJ Ironik. The duo have also starred in their own cruise ship show and appeared at Latitude Festival for two consecutive years.

Originally from Wrexham, Nicolette formed Alleviate in 2010 with Londoner Renako McDonald while both were students on the dance degree programme at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).

The 24-year-old, who is also judging and performing at a United Dance Organisation (UDO) event Encore, in November, is delighted to be working with local youngsters.

Nicolette said: “I want to pass on my experience from working with different choreographers and West End directors to the students, as well as sharing my own ideas and choreography. Contemporary dance is a great form of self-expression and, more importantly, I want everyone to have fun while learning something new.”

As well as performing with Renako in Alleviate and sitting on judging panels, Nicolette dances at corporate events, works as a dancewear model and teaches across the country.
The principal of LIPA 4:19, Kerry Watkins, commented: “Nicolette is a great addition to the teaching team. As a practising professional, she can teach the very latest moves and chat to the dancers about what life’s like out there in the industry.”

The LIPA 4:19 Summer Schools programme is now in its eighth year, and comprises weeklong workshops covering acting, dance, music-making and singing. These are taught at the main LIPA building in Liverpool city centre. Courses run throughout August.

Students learn in a fun, safe and supportive environment, and do not need to audition to enrol.

For more information on any of the summer school courses or to book places, please call the LIPA 4:19 office on 0151 330 3009, e-mail or visit Places subject to availability.


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