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Former St Wilfrid's School pupil Joshua Chapman and his partner Jenn Vogtle performing at Middlesex University after training with top choreographer Robert Cohen - picture by Andrew W Lang, Middlesex University SUS-150529-164047001

Former St Wilfrid's School pupil Joshua Chapman and his partner Jenn Vogtle performing at Middlesex University after training with top choreographer Robert Cohen - picture by Andrew W Lang, Middlesex University SUS-150529-164047001

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A dance student from Furnace Green has had the chance to be coached by a renowned choreographer as part of his university studies.

Rising star Joshua Chapman was among a group of final year Middlesex University students, who performed in front of school children and residents in a performance at the Finchley Arts Depot.

The event last month included pieces created by leading choreographers, including dance legend Robert Cohan CBE who worked with the Middlesex students in the lead up to the performance.

The renowned New York choreographer, who trained at the prestigious Martha Graham School, provided the students with valuable guidance for the piece he choreographed in 1977 called Forest.

Joshua, who went to St Wilfrid’s Secondary School, said: “The performance went really well and meant so much to me.

“It was surreal having the opportunity to be guided by Robert Cohan himself, having studied his work since my A-Levels.

“It was an incredible experience and the final performance was the icing on the cake.”

The ‘MDX Dances’ performance, was a culmination of three years’ study at the north London university. It was the tenth consecutive year Middlesex students have performed at the popular venue in Finchley.

Having completed his course Joshua now plans to take up a dance job in Cyprus.

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