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Dance Showcase

On Thursday 23rd March 2023, St. Edmund’s dancers took to the stage to present our first ever Dance Showcase to a sold-out theatre! The show involved performances from Pre-Prep, Junior School and Senior School, showcasing the incredible abilities of our dancers. The production allowed pupils of all ages and abilities to take part and provided an excellent opportunity to build confidence, perseverance and determination in our young people.

Our Pre-Prep pupils displayed expert showmanship in their piece The Greatest Showman whilst Forms three to five took us on a journey of dreams and aspirations in their piece A Million Dreams. To finish off our first half, the Junior Dance Company took to the stage with their vibrant and exhilarating choreography to From Now On.

In our second half, the Senior Dancers took to the stage to showcase the dance pieces they’d been working hard on this term. In particular, our congratulations go to our Upper Fifth dance pupils who took their GCSE Dance practical exam earlier on that day, they then performed their solo and trio performances one last time on stage. Our Sixth Form dancers gave the audience a peek into their Unit 8 choreographies focusing on interpreting repertoire with a physical theatre duet and a tap dance solo.

Our Showcase finished with a sparkling performance from the Senior School Dance Company which transported our audience to a woodland atmosphere and communicated a narrative of getting back in touch with nature. This highly skilled performance was met with countless roars and cheers from the audience and as our dancers took their final bow, we couldn’t be prouder of their incredible achievements this year. The success of the St. Edmund’s Dance Showcase has brought dancers of all backgrounds together to celebrate this wonderful art form, we can’t wait to do it all again!

"Thank you so much for the opportunity to join St Edmunds School with the Life Drawing session. We had a fantastic time in exploring different techniques drawing from the life model using a broad range of media. Rufus provided exceptional 1:1 tuition and made our students feel at ease throughout the session, despite the challenging nature of the tasks and this being their initial experience with Life Drawing. Students were proud of their outcomes and left the session buoyed and confident from the session. Having taken part in the session last year, I was keen to utilise this opportunity again; not only for our students to help develop their skill-set and portfolio but also for continued professional development. I firmly believe that sharing experiences such as this are reaffirming and progressive with pedagogical practice. It was wonderful to speak to other department leads from other schools in the area and gain their perspective on the current climate within Art and Design teaching. We thoroughly appreciate being invited again this year to your school and I look forward to the prospect of building upon these links further. Archbishops School