AGE AT AWARD: 24
When nominating Andy for a Dewar Award, the Assistant Director of the London Contemporary Dance School described his approach and artistic exploration as being "commensurate with those of a young professional, rather than an undergraduate student". An exceptional talent, Andy's character and drive "mark him as being the sort of young artist who will make waves, and go on to have an impact in the field of contemporary dance".
Having lived in Dundee for 21 years, Andy took the plunge and moved down to London to study dance. Although his parents were unable to support him financially, he managed to complete his course and graduated with a first class honours degree.
Proving himself to be an incredibly motivated individual with a natural and honest ability in dance and choreography, Andy went on to successfully audition for an apprenticeship with the Richard Alston Dance Company. This offered him the opportunity to tour with one of the UK's leading companies whilst working towards a postgraduate qualification.
When writing about the company, Andy said: "Their work excites me; the musicality connects to my choreographic interests very strongly. The tour reaches across Britain, Europe and America alike which makes the Richard Alston Dance Company a very sought after company to perform for". However, it became clear to Andy that without financial assistance he would not be able to accept his place on the apprenticeship.
How the Award Helped
Andy's Dewar Award enabled him to take up his apprenticeship with the Richard Alston Dance Company.
Since the Award
June 2014: Andy achieved a distinction for his postgraduate studies. His exceptional talent and dedication have brought him a wealth of outstanding opportunities in his dance career. He has gone on to peform across the globe with the Richard Alston Dance Company, and since then with Ballet Rambert and the Matthew Bourne Company, in iconic shows including Swan Lake.
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