In the Senior School, dance is offered during games sessions and during the Enrichment Programme. There is a new purpose built dance studio, located at the heart of the campus.
Students can be put forward for the Bronze to Gold Award, this holds 16 UCAS points and can be completed in less than one Academic year. Also on offer is the Level 6 NATD Contemporary exam, which also holds 16 UCAS points.
Head of Dance is Lindsay Willis-Wood, she works in many genres of dance specialising in Contemporary and Street.
Plans for the Dance Department.
Annual Senior Dance Show for Year 7 to Upper 6th
Inter-House Dance Competition
Creative Dance (Early Years & Prep Year 3-6)
An introduction to Contemporary Dance, Creative Dance combines movement with artistic expression. It is the perfect building block for children interested in the arts but who are yet to have had any formal training. The style focuses on the development of motor skills, confidence building and expression. Sessions are usually themed or linked with their curriculum topics and children will be encouraged to use their imaginations to create original movement alongside the technical skills they will be+ become accustomed to within classes.
Contemporary Dance (Senior School Year 7-Upper Sixth)
With Contemporary Dance leading the way for all educational dance programmes it is the perfect genre of dance for any pupil with an avid interest in the arts. Sessions will give pupil’s an insight into the technical and physical skills needed to work within the professional dance sector and well as develop their own choreographic and performance skills in this art form. Classes will include the learning of Graham, Cunningham and Release techniques, floor and travelling exercises. Once embedded within the co-curricular programme, pupil’s will also be offered National Association examinations in this style too.
Street & Commercial Dance (Early Years, Prep & Senior School)
Street Dance now features within the educational syllabus and has become increasingly popular over the past decade. Breaking, Locking, House, Hip Hop and Waacking are just some of the styles that pupils will explore as well as being encouraged to embrace the urban culture of individuality, positivity, socialisation and unity.
Other styles of dance that may be offered
Acro Dance / Skills
Strength, Fitness and Flexibility