Case Study

Patrick Ngabonziza

Patrick wanted to stay close to home and the University of Sunderland offered a course that best suited his needs in the North-East. Initially, he worked for a local community dance company as dance teacher in schools and rehabilitation centres for teenagers. He is currently involved in a dance project, in France, led by choreographer Boris Charmatz.

I enjoyed being tutored by lecturers and dance practitioners who constantly encouraged me to achieve more. 

I gained confidence in dealing with people from all walks of life and improved my academic skills considerably. As the course emphasised creativity and independence, I flourished as a thinker and practitioner. The programme brought the best out of me as a dance artist.

The world was different once I finished my studies. Having the right attitude, knowing what I wanted and how I was going to pursue my goals really helped me.

I enjoyed being in Sunderland, making the most of the local theatre, the beach and the National Glass Centre. I also relished the opportunity to meet a really interesting mix of people, from all over the world.”

When was asked if he had any advice for new students, Patrick said: "You gain as much as you put in, so make the most of the experience by trying to excel rather than just pass. Get involved in societies and clubs, look for work experience and network, all these activities will enhance your career prospects and complement your academic studies.

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