Las Vegas lecturers visit Weston students

PUBLISHED: 19:00 06 May 2014

Michael Lugering, David Stinson, Sylvia Lane, Louis Kavouras, Joe Miller and Ged Stephenson.

Michael Lugering, David Stinson, Sylvia Lane, Louis Kavouras, Joe Miller and Ged Stephenson.

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PERFORMING arts students from Weston have welcomed lecturers from one of the entertainment capitals of the world - Las Vegas.

Michael Lugering, professor of acting, and Louis Kavouras, professor of dance, both from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), spent two days running specialist master classes for Weston College students.

These sessions were run in partnership with Bath Spa University and involved young adults from The Wessex Academy of Performing Arts (WAPA).

The project involves a number of staff exchanges, along with sharing workshops via Skype, Facetime and YouTube.

This will culminate in a unique joint performance in two different time zones via Skype in April next year, which will be televised across the USA.

The partnership between the two institutions will also potentially provide students with the opportunity to study in Las Vegas, and students from UNLV will be joining WAPA students to perform at Move It! 2015, a national dance event in London.

Student Beau Coleman, aged 22, said: “My favourite part was breaking down the aspects of a movement and learning how emotions influence movements. I think this partnership is going to be fantastic for the future students, and everyone is really excited about it already.”

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