Year 10 Dance Workshop

The GCSE Dancers took part in a dance workshop with the Centre for Advanced Training in Dance at the Lowry. They had a technique class and creative workshop led by a professional dance artist via zoom! To find out more about the CAT scheme, please follow this link: https://thelowry.com/get-creative/young-people/dance/
The Lowry are also currently offering young people aged 11-16 the opportunity to experience a contemporary dance class for free, delivered via zoom, on Fridays 4:45-5:45pm. Here is the link to sign up https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdx3FDcqHbqBenJ8nkZ0HDd6dX0-KIc0djqQtxGzEXU3Lp6_Q/viewform

GCSE Dance workshop with James Cousins Dance Company

During lockdown, Year 10 and Year 11 GCSE Dancers participated in a dance workshop on Zoom with James Cousins Dance company. They had an hour theory class from James Cousins himself, who is the choreographer of one the professional dances on the GCSE Dance Anthology! They then had a practical workshop with a James Cousins Dance Company dancer, George. This was a fantastic opportunity for the students and gave everyone a positive boost and lots of inspiration at a challenging time.

GCSE Dance Film

The GCSE Dancers worked very hard over lockdown to choreograph and create our first dance film. Edited by Mrs Anstey, the film is called ‘The Light Can’t Last Forever’ and our stimulus was grief. They have all worked so hard to create this film over the last few weeks and I am sure you will agree that it is a fantastic achievement.

Watch their film here:

Dance Auditons

If you have been preparing a solo or group dance for the dance production, the auditions to show your finished piece are on: Tuesday 12th January.

Remember:

  • All dancers must be from the same year group
  • There must be no contact work, or being face to face with other dancers
  • Your dance must be finished (it doesn’t need to be very long 2-3 minutes is fine)
  • Bring your music on your phone / CD
  • You could also submit a dance film
  • The auditions on Tuesday 12th January will be from 3:40-4:30pm.
  • In January, you will be able to sign up to a time-slot on the dance noticeboard in the gym changing rooms. Once you have performed, you may leave.

Mrs. Anstey

COVID Bake-Off

Tuesday 20th October saw the PE, Dance and Drama departments’ COVID Bake-off. It was agreed that the quality of the baking across the PE/Dance and Drama department is outstanding!

See their creations below:

The Greatest Dancer – Grace S 10-3

Unfortunately, Vale’s time on the Greatest Dancer has now come to an end as they didn’t get through this week. You could watch their performance this week on BBC iplayer. They were the 2nd performance of the evening.

What an amazing achievement for Grace and her team to get to the last 7 acts and a fantastic experience to be involved in the process and all those live shows.

They will have one last chance to perform in the live final, with all 12 of the final acts, on Saturday 7th March on BBC1. They have also been asked to appear on Blue Peter!

Mrs Anstey

The Greatest Dancer

Huge congratulations to Grace (Year 10) who, together with her dance school Vale, is down to the final 10 acts on BBC1s The Greatest Dancer. Please keep watching and supporting, Saturday nights on BBC1. Good luck Grace. We are so proud of you!

Chicago

Our whole school musical will be Chicago in July 2020. Students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 are invited to participate. You will need to be free to rehearse every Tuesday after school 3:30-4:45pm in the hall. Just turn up to the first rehearsal on Tuesday 14th April. If you want to audition for a main part, you must attend a music audition on Wednesday 19th February or Friday 21st February plus attend the dance and drama audition on Thursday 20th February. You must sign up for a time slot on the sheets outside the drama studio, and prepare one of the songs on the notice. Please see the posters outside the drama studio for more information, or speak to your dance / drama / music teacher.

Grace’s team gone through to next stage in BBC’s TGD

Grace, with her dance school, is down to the final 12 dance groups in BBC1’s The Greatest Dancer! She is on Team Oti.
This Saturday, all 12 groups will perform new dances in the live challenge show. Who goes through each week is now down to the public vote, and 2 groups go home every Saturday. Fingers crossed Grace stays in the competition for as long as possible. They really deserve this amazing opportunity.
Please support Grace, the live shows start on Saturday (1st Feb) 6:30pm on BBC1.