Student's rehearsal and stage space could be community asset


Date: 25th Jun 2019

A Buckinghamshire New University Art & Design student has come up with ideas for a rehearsal space and stage to ‘unlock the potential’ in Vale Park, Aylesbury.Danielle Bailey

Danielle Bailey, 22, attended The Cottesloe School in Wing, Leighton Buzzard, belongs to Claydons Academy in Hampden Square, Aylesbury, and says rehearsal space and studios are lacking in the area.

The ambitious student, who studies BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design, has drawn up proposals for five studios and a stage at Vale Park in the centre of Aylesbury for her final project and says the development would be ‘an asset’.

“The Aylesbury Waterside Theatre is nearby and so this could be additional rehearsal space, as well as a fully-functioning stage for the park to host events,” said Danielle.

“There would be five studios where people could rehearse ballet, ballroom, contemporary, modern, and freestyle dance, and the shape of each building would be influenced by each style.

“Vale Park has so much potential due its central locations and often has temporary stages or performance areas set up but this permanent stage could be a community asset and held for events all-year-round.”

Danielle has danced with Claydons Academy since she was three-years-old but says has always rehearsed in a sports centre or village hall, which does not cater for the specific needs of a dancer or performer.

“I have taken part in many performances including the annual Honeycomb Festival that takes place at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre,” added Danielle. “What I am proposing could help as a rehearsal space for this and other events.

“I would love my designs to become a reality but I’d be planning to build in Corian which could make construction expensive and complicated.

“However this could easily be simplified and the studio designs would be a great benefit to the dancing community. If anyone out there likes what they see please get in touch and I would love the ideas to become a reality!”

See Danielle’s work on Instagram at @designsbydaniellebailey.


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