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Grease Lightnin’
Dance show
More than 200 pupils took part
in Dauntsey’s School, Wiltshire, annual sell-out Dance Show. Pupils prepared for the show during the Spring Term both in lessons and
in their extra-curricular clubs. The show 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.
This year’s theme was When I Grow Up and some dances took inspiration from professions including becoming a lawyer, teacher or dentist, while others explored the role of astronauts, rugby players and spies.
Emily Wilkins, Dauntsey’s Teacher of Dance, said:
“Parents, teachers and pupils alike were amazed by the enthusiasm
of all the dancers and the professionalism with which the Lower School took to the stage. The Show theme, When I Grow Up,
provided inspiration for some very moving and thought-provoking performances.
“There was a real buzz in the audience this year, who were particularly supportive and it was fantastic to see so many pupils up on stage having so much fun!”
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 re ects the work done in these classes.
Dance is also taught as part of
the Drama Curriculum to all First, Second 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.
The girls from Farlington School’s Upper School, Sussex, took part in a spectacular production of ‘Grease’, providing one of the highlights
of the year for the Senior School students.
Slick, funny, edgy and bursting with foot-tapping tunes – ‘Grease’ has become the iconic 70’s musical. Farlington School’s production had it all, not least a driving pace and tremendous vitality.
Under the direction of Emma Spires, the college stereotypes - the nerds, the headteacher and her staff and,
of course, the cheerleaders – were parodied with cleverly-observed mannerisms; and the brash American media image was expertly personi ed by the show business caricatures.
The musical direction of Jane Thomas delivered singing that
was soulful where required but – supported by the band and the exciting choreography of Lucy Cooper and Lizzie Booth – it also captured the vitality and the drive of these American teenagers. In the words of the song... Electrifyin’!
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Musical talent
Meadowbrook Montessori School, Berkshire, pupil James Abrahart (Year 6) recently hosted a music festival at his school, inspiring other pupils to take up learning an instrument.
He also took part in the Windsor Piano Festival 2017 playing ‘Gigue’ composed by J.S. Bach and was awarded 1st place with a very high ‘outstanding’ score within the Grade 8 category. James went on to win a further 1st place and a second cup for ‘best performance’ across all classes within the competition.
James started learning piano from age 6, and now faces his grade 8 exam ths summer. He then intends to diversify to play different genres
of music, to learn a new instrument and participate in further public performances.
Serena Gunn head teacher said: “We are all very proud of James’ achievements, he is an exceptional pianist and an inspiration to the other pupils. We wish him all
the best with his future musical endeavours”.
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