Exceptional Dance experiences for students
Rambert Experience Day:
On Friday 17 November, Year 13 A Level Dance students went to London for a Rambert Experience Day at the award-winning building in the heart of the cultural quarter, on London's South Bank.
The students are studying Rambert’s history and repertoire for their written exam and their set work is performed by Rambert, so this was an enriching and valuable experience for them. They had the opportunity to explore Rambert’s rich history and repertoire and gain access to original archive materials, including old costumes and video footage of early performances, which are not commercially available.
The students also enjoyed a 2.5 hour workshop in the beautiful studio where the Rambert Company train and rehearse, and learnt some of the company repertoire to help them prepare for one of their practical exams, as well as having a guided tour of the building, and learning about the life of a dancer within the company.
It was a superb learning experience, and after impressing the archive staff with the knowledge they have already acquired on the A Level Dance course, the students were invited to revisit the archives in the spring term to undertake further research in preparation for their written exam.
Rambert Theatre Trip to Sadler's Wells Theatre, London:
On Wednesday 22 November, 26 of the Dance students from years 9-13 went to watch Rambert Dance Company perform at Sadlers Wells Theatre.
Rambert is Britain's oldest dance company and their 22 dancers are among the finest in the world. Their mix of new creations and historic works creates an interesting and varied repertoire with live music, and we were treated to three diverse pieces by different choreographers, including 'A Linha Curva', by Itzik Galili, which is one of the six works studied as part of the GCSE Dance Anthology.
This was an exciting trip for the GCSE students as they had the opportunity to watch one of their set works live, but it was also an enriching experience for the A Level Dance students who also study the company and their repertoire as part of their exam course, and had recently visited their headquarters. I would like to thank Heather Bambury for accompanying the trip with me.
GCSE Dance Exam Workshop:
On Wednesday 22 November the GCSE Dance students took part in an exam preparation workshop with an external dance specialist to prepare for the practical component of the GCSE Dance course. They spent five hours developing technique and learning the set dance for their exam.
The workshop leader was blown away by their technical and creative ability and thoroughly enjoyed teaching such a talented group. They were a real credit to the school, and it proved to be an exceptional day of learning.