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Working in the Arts Industry Q&A

By 9 July 2020June 2nd, 2021No Comments

Online Session with Professional Dancer and Choreographer James Rosental




On Wednesday 8th July, as part of our Virtual Arts Festival of Hope, students got the chance to quiz professional dancer and choreographer James Rosental about his training, his work and his passion for dance. James gave the students an informative and interesting talk about working as a freelance dancer/choreographer.



James, originally from Wigan, studied dance and choreography at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance graduating in 2016 with a First Class BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance. He then went on to achieve a master’s degree at London Contemporary Dance School. Since then he has performed in numerous professional works and has in recent years been commissioned to choreograph several opera and musical theatre projects in London and Europe.



Students gained invaluable knowledge about training pathways; acquiring jobs and contracts as a freelance performer; and sustaining a career in a competitive industry. James also shared some essential life lessons, whatever career you dream of:

“Determination and resilience are important if you want something in life… learning is a life process, I’m still learning things, the term professional is used because I’ve got a degree but actually I’m still developing constantly…stick with it, with passion and energy and the trust that things will come, and progression will happen.”