School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology 31.07.21

Dance student makes her music video debut

A dance student from the University of Salford has realised her dream of performing in her first music video for up-and-coming Greater Manchester band, The Lathums. 

Tilly Woodward, a MA student in Dance: Performance and Professional Practices and member of the Emergence dance company, made her debut after being told about the opportunity by her course leader, Debbie Milner. Mathilda sent her showreel to the director and producer of the project, Lou Gallagher who contacted her the next day to offer her the role. 

When taking the experience, Tilly was in awe of the spectacle of the occasion and managed to work closely with the band members, whilst getting the movie star treatment. 

“I felt like a movie star. I was first introduced to the team, and then I worked with James Skelly and Alex Moore, the band's lead singer, to fit my choreography, which we had developed back at home via zoom, into the space.” 

Afterwards, we were sent to the glam team, which was in the hotel next door, where I was fitted in my outfit, and they did my hair and makeup. I felt so happy the entire day, and I am so grateful for this wonderful opportunity. I also loved the constant supply of coffee and smoothies!” 

With Tilly graduating in August, she has a lot of fond memories during the time on the course and wanted to thank her lectures and practitioners.

“This course has prepared me so well for the professional dance industry, because we train with fab teachers, and rehearse in the same environment which a professional company would. We are currently working with three amazing choreographers - Joss Arnott, Kevin Turner and Becky Namgauds - to create pieces which we will begin to tour later in summer. Both my prior training at Rambert, and this university, have helped me gain an insight into professional life, providing me with valuable skills, networks and opportunities.” 

To watch Tilly's debut music video, you can click here.

To find out more about the MA Dance Performance and Professional Practices course, please click here.