Sixth Form Dance Course
The Sixth Form Dance Course is a three year programme of study, leading to the Trinity National Diploma in Professional Dance. The course culminates in a year of pre-professional experience, delivered through the school's own touring company Encore Dance.
The 6th Form Dance Course delivers the core subjects of Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Jazz for the first Foundation year. At the end of the first year, students can choose to specialise further on Classical Ballet or Contemporary Dance for their final two years of training. Classical Ballet course students major in ballet and minor in Contemporary Dance but the majority of their studies is around improving technical and artistic standards in ballet. Allied subjects such as pas de deux, repertoire, pointe work, and solos are taken alongside rehearsals for performances. Dance Course students major in Contemporary Dance and minor in Jazz dance, but also have a ballet class every day. They study at least two different genres of Contemporary Dance. All students can opt to take syllabus classes in RAD Ballet and ISTD Tap and Modern Dance as an extra class on Saturdays. We expect students to be active learners and to engage fully and proactively in their training.
Third year students take part in rehearsals for their UK tour with Encore Dance Company and prepare performances with guest choreographers under the direction of Artistic Director Antony Dowson. Students can expect to perform in 6-8 external venues during this UK-wide tour.
Morning dance classes are offered for Dance students to opt into classes in Pilates, stretch, jazz, ballet and contemporary dance. For those students who choose to not do A Levels, these classes are compulsory, but each student can choose which classes they prefer to do so that they can build their own morning timetable to suit their needs. These classes can also be taken by those students who may be able to combine academic classes with some dance classes. This flexibility for a dance student to choose their own morning timetable is unique to Tring Park and is the foundation of active learning in taking personal responsibility. Staff are very happy to offer guidance where necessary.
There are a number of exciting performing opportunities structured into the 6th Form Dance Course. In addition to the annual showcase which is held in a professional theatre, there are many in-house performance opportunities along with chances to both dance and present work in the student choreography show.
As well as being formally assessed twice a year in the three core subjects of Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz students are externally assessed in performance by a Trinity assessor. Following their assessment each dancer is given one-to-one personal feedback from their teacher and is guided in identifying strengths, areas for improvement and goals. Our goal in the assessments is to put Upper 6th and final year students in front of industry professionals in order to showcase them and build potential links with future employers.
We are constantly developing and maintaining our contacts with professional dance companies. We work to help graduates find suitable employment within the dance sector.
We are very proud that among our Tring Park alumni there are dancers who have gone on to become Artistic Directors and professional choreographers and agents and therefore have excellent industry connections.
More information about the final year and gaining employment can be found on the Encore Dance page.
For further information on the 6th Form Dance Course please email Director of Dance, Rachel Rist or Tel. 01442 821665.