Sixth Form Dance Course
The Sixth Form Dance Course is a three year programme of study, leading to the Trinity Level 6 Diploma in Professional Dance. The course culminates in a year of pre-professional experience, delivered through the school's own touring company Encore Dance Company.
In the first year of training, students study classical ballet along with two other core subjects of Contemporary dance and Jazz dance. Other subjects studied include pointe work, repertoire, solos, pas de deux, Pilates, conditioning including weights and commercial dance.
In the second year students continue to study all aspects of dance with additional classes in contact improvisation.
In the third and final year of training the course becomes Encore Dance Company. The students' focus is on the annual UK tour alongside their daily training and they work with industry choreographers who help to mould the content of the tour. Students will learn new skills and adapt to working as a company. Additional classes of jazz double work and contact improvisation is also be added to their timetable. Students also work on the completion of their Level 6 Trinity Diploma.
There are a number of performing opportunities structured into the Sixth Form Dance Course. The annual Senior Dance Show is held in the summer term at the school's, on site Markova Theatre. Additionally, there are many in-house performance opportunities along with chances to both dance and present work in the student choreography show.
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. External assessors from Trinity regularly attend assessments to observe the process, to ensure that standards are maintained and that the assessors are moderating in line with Trinity’s benchmarking levels across the UK. Teachers give personal one-to-one feedback to each pupil following the assessment to comment on progress and set realistic goals.
We are constantly developing and maintaining our contacts with professional dance companies and we also work to help graduates find suitable employment within the dance sector.