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 Music, Dance & Drama
 Stepping up
A group of 45 students from the Fourth Form through to the Upper Sixth have taken to the stage in the Dauntsey’s School, Wiltshire, Upper School dance production
of Step Up, an adaptation of the well-known American dance film released in 2006.
The story follows a conflict between street and contemporary dance and is supported by a vibrant and dynamic soundtrack.
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. Dance clubs include street, musical theatre, jazz, ballet, cheerleading, contemporary and tap.
Dance is on the timetable, so everyone does it, whether they come to Dauntsey’s with a history of dance classes or are complete novices. It is taught as part of the Drama Curriculum to all First and Second Form pupils.
Awards at Festival
   A powerful performance of Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible by A-Level drama students from Abbey Gate College, Cheshire, saw them receive not one, but two awards at the ISA Drama Festival 2018. The talented cast received ‘The Hurst Lodge Award’ for best senior production and ‘The Hollygirt Prize’ for the Best Moment of Theatre in a Senior Production.
The annual festival sees ISA Members’ schools from across the country perform in competition. Each performance is assessed by
an independent judge against set criteria. Winners are awarded over a variety of categories.
The Hollygirt Prize, the Adjudicator’s Discretionary Award, was given
for the students’ effective creation of heightened tension during the
section from when Abigail and the girls see the bird on the rafter.
Adjudicator, David Farmer said:
“This was a simple yet powerful performance of a seminal scene from a classic play. The minimal staging employed wooden blocks and grey costumes. The tension built slowly from the start. The young cast gave sophisticated and credible performances, especially the leading characters and particularly Thomas Fesmer as Danforth.”
He added: “The abuse of power and misogynistic attitudes were deftly portrayed. The tension built and then dramatically erupted at moments with the powerful use
of choral movement and voice. Music was used to heighten tension during the piece. This was a riveting ensemble performance.”
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