Halle Mathieson / WINNER

MA Dance: Creative Dance Education

Halle joined Salford from La Roche University, Pittsburgh, following an exchange visit in 2019 alongside professional dance company ‘Bodiography’. Her brief experience of the local dance scene in and around Manchester had such a positive impact, that she applied for the Masters in Creative Dance Education

Alongside her studies, Halle has collaborated with fellow students on the international digital project ‘Distance Dance’ where she taught participants worldwide. Most recently, as part of her placement, Halle delivered online dance sessions to young people in school and at home. The pupils adored her warm energy and the school was so impressed with her tenacity that they asked her to continue teaching beyond her placement. Halle’s commitment and passion for dance education is infectious. She is admired by students and staff alike for being enthusiastic, good natured and always encouraging of others to embrace their individuality and style through dance. Her warmth and energised interactions have supported benefited those students less confident in engaging in online sessions and she has been a significant support to staff. 

Halle says “Being shortlisted for this award is such a joy and an honour; I’ve learned so much from my time in England, and knowing that my work here has also made an impact on the people around me is exactly what I hoped to achieve! In the future, I aim to merge UK dance ideologies with American dance processes, continuing to pull the best parts of each culture into practice. It is only through my travels and experiences that I have been able to acknowledge this goal, and thus the International Student Award nomination means more than I can put into words. I hope to continue to be an ‘international student’ throughout the course of my life, simply by travelling often and absorbing each lesson that is thrown my way.” 

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