Grace’s Dance World Cup success

Grace S (8-3) has had enormous success at the Dance World Cup. She won a place to represent the country at the national competition, and was selected to travel to the World Dance Cup Finals in Spain, as part of Team England.

46 countries, including USA, Canada, Australia and Russia competed throughout the week. There were over 5000 dancers competing for prizes. Grace had tremendous success and returned home with 6 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 1 bronze. Grace won Gold with her Jazz solo and so is now the World Champion Jazz Soloist. She was selected to perform this solo, as well as a duet and 2 group dances, for the Gala Showcase.

An amazing achievement. Well done, Grace! We are very proud of you!

Site-sensitive dance on the Devisdale

Year 10 GCSE Dance students have been creating their own versions of ‘Within Her Eyes’ by James Cousins. This is a professional dance from the GCSE Dance anthology. It is a site-sensitive dance for camera, using lots of contact work.

Our students have created their own versions and have been filming their dances in our local Devisdale park. They have had to consider locations, camera angles and choreographic devices to portray their own chosen choreographic intentions.

We have had lovely weather, beautiful locations and stunning choreography and performances. We are really looking forward to seeing the finished dance films.

BFET Arts Day

Our very first BET Arts Day was a great success! The day took place at z-arts and allowed students from all of our BFET schools to come together to participate in workshops in the Arts. Our Year 10 dance and drama students took part in workshops in art, dance, drama, music and physical theatre which culminated in a showing of the work created. 5 of our Year 10 students devised and led the AGGS workshop, teaching students physical theatre skills. They were a real credit to the school and led with confidence, demonstrating outstanding leadership skills. Well done!

What a brilliant day for everyone involved. What a great way to celebrate and promote the arts in our schools, be creative and explore the arts.

To watch a video of the day, filmed and edited by students from Melland High School, please follow this link

http://www.melland.manchester.sch.uk/bfet-arts-conference-together-we-are-here/

Sprung!

Congratulations to all the dancers who performed in SPRUNG. All GCSE students showed their stunning practical work; including performance duets, choreographies and set phrases. The evening was an opportunity for friends and family to see the hard work that had gone into their GCSE practical studies. Well done dancers! A special thank you to non-GCSE students who gave up their time to rehearse and perform in GCSE choreographies.

Junior Silver at the Lowry

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big well done to Junior Silver Dance Company who were selected to take part in Udance workshops at the Lowry today. The dancers were given the opportunity to share their work with other schools and some of the Lowry’s lovely dance artists. They have also had the opportunity to work with dancers from across the North West in creative workshops led by Lynsey and Georgio from Northwest dance. After such a busy afternoon, they are looking forward to attending the UDance 10 year birthday party shortly, as well as the Udance regional finals later this evening! Well done dancers!

Dance workshop with the Centre for Advanced Training in Dance (CAT)

On Monday, Year 9 and Year 10 dancers participated in a dance workshop with Lyndsey Thomas from the Centre for Advanced Training at the Lowry.

Dancers took part in a 3 hour contemporary dance technique class and creative session. Everyone participated enthusiastically and we all enjoyed the session…although we are all a little sore today!

Some dancers are interested in attending the open days and contemporary dance classes at the Lowry. For more information on these, and the CAT scheme at the Lowry, please visit

http://www.northwestdance.org.uk/CAT

Dance Trophies

If you were lucky enough to receive one of our dance trophies last academic year, then once again a big ‘well done’! Unfortunately the time has now come to return these trophies so that they can be passed on to the next deserving winner. If you have a trophy, please can you make sure you return it to the PE office by Friday 9th March.

Thank you