Dance and Drama
At QCPS we recognise that dance is a powerful ally for developing many of the attributes of a growing child. Dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively.
Dance is popular and vibrant at QCPS and is the responsibility of Ms Rosy Thompson, a professional dance teacher, choreographer and ex West End performer.
Classical ballet forms part of the dance curriculum in Reception through to Form III following the International Dance Teacher’s Association syllabus. The building blocks of ballet technique are encouraged early on in our creative choreographed classes, improving posture and poise, imagination and expression whilst raising levels of confidence in a caring, positive, disciplined environment.
From Form IV upwards Jazz and Musical Theatre is the main focus of the dance curriculum. We cover a wide variety of styles within classes specially created to stimulate creativity, self-confidence, focus and social interaction. Pupils study a mix of Lyrical Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, Street Jazz and West End Musical Theatre repertoire.
We work closely with the Drama and Music Department on several occasions throughout the year, perhaps most notably for the Annual Summer Musical Production for girls in Form V & Form VI. A highlight of the school calendar!
In addition to the school dance curriculum, pupils have the opportunity to enrol at our popular resident Dance Academy with weekly lessons taking place after school and on a Saturday. The Academy offers classes in all aspects of dance and performing arts and provides access to some of the world’s highly respected performing arts examining boards. Pupils can take exams in IDTA Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz, in addition to Lamda Drama and Musical Theatre exams.
We hope to instil a lasting enjoyment and appreciation of dance and the performing arts, not only in the curriculum, but also in the wider social culture.
For more information regarding the Dance Academy please visit www.rosythompsonacademyofdance.com