Local aspiring professional performer, George Perez, has been named the recipient of the coveted JV2 bursary grant.

The bursary has been awarded in partnership with McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford as part of its continued support of the local community and arts industry, which comes at a vital time as the performance sector continues to navigate this difficult period.

George, who grew up in the coastal village of St Mary’s Bay, Kent, having moved from London at the age of 4, first became interested in dance in primary school and on the recommendation of one of his teachers, George successfully auditioned for InStep Dance Company, a popular youth dance company based in Hythe, Kent. George went on to attend Brockhill Park Performing Arts College in Hythe and then studied for a degree in Contemporary Dance at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.

The £2,500 bursary will contribute to George’s studies at Jasmin Vardimon Company, which first joined forces with the Ashford Designer Outlet earlier this year to launch a pop-up space in the centre, providing a creative hub for dance and culture.

Jasmin Vardimon Company’s JV2 Professional Development Diploma is a highly esteemed programme for those who aspire to a career as a professional performer. The aim of the course is to develop students into versatile performers with skills in a range of performance disciplines, under the guidance of one of the world’s leading female choreographers.

“I am thrilled to be joining JV2 and it’s fantastic to be awarded the Ashford Designer Outlet Bursary. This financial support will make a huge difference, and it will allow me to fully concentrate on my dancing this year. I am looking forward to really focusing and getting as much as I can from this amazing opportunity. I want to say a big thank you to McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford and Jasmin Vardimon Company, I can’t wait to get started.” said George.

Peter Corr, centre manager of McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford added“It’s very important to us at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford to give back to the community. We are proud that we can continue to partner with Jasmin Vardimon Company and support George in his quest to further his creative skills. Through our partnership we have been able to really engage with our local community and enhance the shopping experience for those visiting us, which remains an integral part of our business.”

Jasmin Vardimon, artistic director of Jasmin Vardimon Company concluded: “Nurturing young talent is at the core of JV2 and we are delighted to work with McArthurGlen to provide opportunities for local, aspiring dancers. George and his fellow JV2’s have now begun their learning journey in our dedicated JV2 studio at the Ashford Designer Outlet and we are looking forward to seeing them develop into versatile and multi-disciplinary performers. We are currently exploring innovative performance ideas for JV2 within the retail environment at the Outlet, a measure of how our partnership with McArthurGlen continues to provide new and exciting ways to engage with the local community.

George joined Jasmin Vardimon Company’s highly regarded JV2 programme at their new studio at the Ashford Designer Outlet in October 2020.


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