A troupe of jazz dancers has become a London college’s first company-in-residence.

International theatre group Body of People (BOP) has set up at Morley College to help develop new courses.

BOP artistic director Dollie Henry said the group has always followed the spirit and inclusive expression of jazz “through collaboration and innovation”.

“Sharing our professional work and educational philosophy with Morley presents us all with a unique opportunity.”

The partnership is the first of its kind for jazz dance in the UK.

Morley’s curriculum area manager for dance Julia Wood said the college has a strong tradition of performing arts education.

“It’s our remit to provide educational support for the performing arts to ensure a continuing and contemporary contribution to our cultural capital.

“We very much look forward to working with BOP to develop an example of best practice that we hope will inspire other colleges and companies to work together.”

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