Middle School Dance Course
The Middle School (4th and 5th Form) Dance Course is designed meet the needs of the aspiring dancer.
Classical ballet is the main focus of the Dance Course. Pupils also study Contemporary and Jazz Dance and have additional classes in Pointe work, Repertoire, Virtuosity, Pas De Deux, Solos, Pilates, Body Conditioning and Weights. Training is supplemented by RAD and ISTD Modern and Tap syllabus classes which are held on Saturday’s.
The Young Dancers Show takes place at the end of the Spring Term. This is an opportunity to showcase the technical and artistic skills of our pupils developed during the year. The performances take place, on site, in the school's Markova Theatre. Less formal performances also take place throughout the year.
The assessment system is very important for the Dance Course. It is a formal assessment procedure in Classical Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary Dance with published criteria. Teachers give personal one-to-one feedback to each pupil following the assessment enabling pupils to identify their strengths and areas that require further thought and study.
At the end of the Fifth Form (Year 11) a careful discussion between the School, parents and pupil, takes place to select the most appropriate course for the Sixth Form.