Bingham girl has high hopes for her professional dance career

Bingham girl has high hopes for her professional dance career

Bingham-born and raised Alice Shepperson had a promising professional dance career ahead of her until last year, when she had to have invasive surgery to remove her appendix.  Alice was forced to put her future dance career on hold. Determined to continue dancing though, she fought back, picked up her dancing feet and after just a year, endured an intense two-day audition for Jasmin Vardimon’s Professional Development Certificate Course (JV2). Alice gained a place on the course that starts in October. It will allow her to work closely with one of the UK’s leading contemporary dance choreographers Jasmin Vardimon, who is also an associate artist at Sadler’s Wells, a world-renowned contemporary dance venue in London. JV2 involves learning the repertoire from Jasmin Vardimon Company, teaching classes and a national tour of two dance theatre works. Alice speaks about her success ‘I didn’t think that just a year after my operation I would be privileged enough to be chosen for JV2, I’m very honoured. I admire Jasmin Vardimon and her company, all the work created is such an inspiration to me.’ Although Alice is excited about gaining a place on the course and following her dreams, it comes with a hefty price – £5825.  Alice is looking at ways in which she can help raise some of the money towards the cost of the course. With a sincere request for help, Alice says ‘It is a lot of money, but a career in dance is my life-long goal and I know this course will bring me one step closer. And I will continue to work to raise money for the...
Help us provide better broadband for business

Help us provide better broadband for business

Businesses are being asked to give their views on local broadband services and how they use them in a new survey, which will help influence the type of support provided to firms in the future.  The Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire (BBfN) programme is being delivered by Nottinghamshire County Council and BT and is on course to ensure 97% of the county’s homes and businesses have access to superfast broadband by 2018. The aim of BBfN is to provide an improved digital infrastructure by developing a fibre-based broadband network to support the growth of Nottinghamshire businesses. Now the County Council is asking businesses how they use the internet and how important better connectivity is to them so that future support can be tailored to their needs. The short survey can be completed on-line at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/broadband-business-survey Councillor Roy Allan, Vice-Chair of the Economic Development Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Access to superfast broadband can support business growth, unlock economic opportunities and attract investment. I am proud that Nottinghamshire is well set to become one of the best connected areas in the entire country. “So that we can further support businesses to access the opportunities that this new digital infrastructure provides, we need to better understand how they use the internet and what the potential barriers are to them to getting the best out of it.” Meanwhile, small businesses from across Nottinghamshire are being reminded that they have the chance to get discounts of up to £3,000 off the cost of supercharging their broadband speed. The Connection Voucher Scheme gives businesses money off the cost of installing superfast broadband and access speeds of...