Encouraging joy, expression and excellence
Formal dance tuition is available to pupils, separate to the study of GCSE and A-level dance. Dance tuition has many positive effects, not least helping to improve a young person’s flexibility, physical fitness and posture. It can also bring further formal qualifications. Dance tuition is also beneficial alongside curricular dance or simply for enjoyment.
Pupils are offered a number of courses through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) syllabuses: awards in ballet, choreography, conditioning, general body-toning, jazz and modern are available.
Pupils typically receive a 45-minute to one-hour lesson per week which takes place outside the academic timetable during lunchtime, afternoon activity or study slots. Successful pupils can work their way through the grades and major professional exams.
The lessons are led by Kirsty Hamilton Reid who has a London College of Dance diploma, is a modern licentiate, and choreographs all the College’s major productions. She is a principle choreographer of Southern Youth Ballet and a trained Arts Award Advisor.
Rambert Dance Company Residency
The College works closely with Rambert Dance Company, a national company for contemporary dance, running workshops and residencies which are open to local schools. Each November there is a three-day residency linked to a current piece of repertoire.
The repertoire in 2017 was the ‘Symbiosis’ which is currently touring the UK. There was a workshop for teachers followed by two and a half days of rehearsals with a company of young people to produce a new piece of contemporary dance. It was then performed to an invited audience.
The Company has also worked with the Eastbourne College Rugby 1st XV and their coaches.