Chelmsford High Street event launches aerial performance Foundation Degree

August 2017

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Writtle University College is launching a Sports Science with Aerial Performance Foundation Degree with a Chelmsford High Street event.

The specialised Sports Science course enables students to develop skills in aerial performance alongside an applied academic and scientific understanding of sport.

To promote the new course – which will start this September - performers will be demonstrating their skills outside the Meadows shopping centre in Chelmsford’s High Street on Monday 21 August on a mobile performance rig.

Alongside those performing will be course tutor Dr Diana Entwistle, from Roxwell, near Chelmsford, who was a triple gold gymnast, Cecchetti ballerina and gold level dancer before developing innovative aerial acts above the ice.

In her professional career she performed at London Fashion Week, modelled for Vogue Russia, appeared in television adverts for Dancing on Ice and performed in numerous galas and ice shows, on cruise ships and in cabarets.

She has produced, choreographed and directed several shows, gained a PhD through research into figure skating, has a HNC in Sport Science, Diploma in Biological Science and a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science, as well as being a qualified sports therapist, skating coach, Pilates instructor and yoga teacher.

Diana runs her own business called Little Starts Circus in Chelmsford, which teaches aerial hoop, silks, trapeze, and aerial yoga.

Commenting on the new course, she said: “Having been a performer for the last ten years, I can see that a lot of people come to the end of their performing life and do not have any other skills. The Foundation Degree provides a great back-up plan and lays foundations to support performers after their performance career.

“Writtle University College has experience of delivering specialist programmes, including the Cycling Performance Foundation Degree. The FdSc Sports Science with Aerial Performance works in the same way – it gives students the opportunity to study core health sciences such as anatomy, physiology, nutrition and biomechanics alongside specialist modules that develop them as an aerial acrobatic performer, coach or event manager.

“The result is a specialised programme that gives them the high-level practical experience and skills to be a performer but also wider opportunities in the varied sports industry, so they could go on to do more training and become a PE teacher or physiotherapist for example.”

The Foundation Degree suits students with an interest in dance, gymnastics, martial arts, parkour, cheerleading, or ice skating. To find out more and to apply, visit