Last week, more than 200 pupils took part in Dauntsey’s Stages Annual Dance Show. The show was a sell out and presented a huge variety of dance styles, showcasing the talents and versatility of the pupils. The audience enjoyed contemporary, musical theatre, tap and street dance to name but a few.
A particular highlight came from GNI (Girls Not Invited), the School’s newly created all-boy street dance group, who gave their debut performance and completely blew the audience away. Pupils prepared for the show during the Autumn Term both in lessons and in their extra-curricular clubs.
This year’s show worked around the theme of ‘Stories’ and dances took inspiration from classics like ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Oliver Twist’, while others looked to more modern books such as ‘Gangsta Granny’ and ‘The Maze Runner’. Parents, teachers and pupils alike were amazed by the enthusiasm of all the dancers and the professionalism with which younger performers from the Lower School took to the stage.
Kirsty Glynn, Dauntsey’s Head of Dance, Dauntsey’s said:
“Each year I am amazed by the inventiveness and creativity of the pupils and their commitment to preparing for the Show. The evening was packed full of thrilling performances, full of energy and excitement. The audience loved every minute of it.”
Performance Programme for 2016
Looking ahead to the rest of 2016, many of the performers from the Show will compete in a variety of dance and cheerleading competitions, kicking off at the ‘Spirit Sensation’ event in Worcester on 7th February (organised by the British Cheerleading Association).
Senior dancers are currently working on a dance show based on the story of ‘Moulin Rouge’ which they will perform in April and the anticipated highlight of the year will be the staging of ‘Billy Elliot’ in December.
Dance at Dauntsey’s
There are many opportunities to enjoy dance at Dauntsey’s and classes are open to all pupils, both boys and girls, experienced dancers and those who are new to this discipline. Street, modern dance, contemporary dance and cheerleading are all popular sessions and each year the Dance Show reflects the work done in these classes.
Dance is also taught as part of the Drama Curriculum to all First and Third Form pupils. It is also one of the options in the Lower Sixth General Studies programme and is offered as a games option to senior pupils.
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