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Dance student honoured with prestigious award

A Bermudian dance student has received a prestigious $2,000 scholarship from a UK university.

Malachi Simmons graduated from Edge Hill University in Lancashire with both his first class bachelor of arts in dance as well as receiving the school's Adam Bell scholarship. He also received a $1,000 Chancellor's scholarship last year.

The Adam Bell Scholarship is meant to recognise and celebrate students who make a significant contribution to the University community, or who demonstrate qualities such as dedication, compassion to others and resilience.

Mr Simmons is a graduate of Warwick Academy, and performed in productions such as Blood Brothers and Animal Farm. Since joining Edge Hill University he has joined the school's all-male dance company EdgeFWD, and helped found their Hip Hop Society. He graduated along with six other members of EdgeFWD.

“The Adam Bell scholarship is such an honour as it is only achieved through third party nomination rather than application,” Mr Simmons said. “It's just a reminder that I am making an impact on people and I'm doing something right.

“I will put the money towards accommodation and travel primarily as I will be moving to Manchester, and will have to travel between there and Liverpool for company rehearsals with 12° North (a northwest post graduate dance company).

“I think one of the biggest reasons I got the award is as a result of my positive attitude.

“When you are positive about trials and tribulations you influence others to mirror that outlook, resulting in a butterfly effect, and before you know it you see the changes all around you.

“I have had a lot of trying moments in the past three years, and have learned to always keep my head up, and do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

“Despite me pursuing a career in dance, I have never stopped acting.

“I realised that in dance you use the same performance tools as you do in acting and depending on the performance you also use voice so I will definitely continue that.

“I do plan on auditioning for any professional opportunities that come my way.”

Bend it: Dancer Malachi Simmons (in white shirt in the back) is currently studying performing arts at Edgehill University in Lancaster, UK.

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Published July 28, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated July 28, 2014 at 12:35 am)

Dance student honoured with prestigious award

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