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In the Dance Department we aim to offer high quality Dance provision throughout the school curriculum and extra-curricular programme. We hope to empower all students with the opportunity to excel by providing a safe and fun environment to experience dance.
Students experience a variety of dance styles and genres. Including Street Dance, Ballet, Lindy-Hop, Jazz and Contemporary Dance. Students also explore contact work, dance improvisation and site-specific work. Dance lessons aim to suit the individual needs and strengths of students.
We aim to extend technical dance skills through teaching new dance vocabulary, develop choreography skills through individual, group and leadership tasks and improve confidence through performance. We train thinking dancers. We encourage mind, body connectivity to enable students to perform, debate, analyse and write about Dance.
Watching live Professional Dance works are such an important aspect of extending and developing students' appreciation of Dance. We ensure that there are regular opportunities to become involved in trips and workshops. In February 2016 a group of students travelled to Bradford to see Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty. One of our students, Caitlin Robertson, wrote a review of the performance that you can read by clicking here.
Students have worked with a number of professional dance companies such as Motionhouse, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Rambert Dance Company.
The Dance department has a focus to challenge students' creativity and to inspire young people to become passionate about dance.