Thursday 17th December 2009 by C. Freeman
Students are learning the theory and techniques of modern dance on the new BTEC Performing Arts course. They have learned about pioneers such as Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham and devised their own routines. As well as practical lessons and performance pieces there is also a lot of written coursework and the students have an online blog and videos of their work.
Bonnie Ghavarmi said: 'It's quite interesting and fun to do. I'm used to street dance so the hardest thing about doing this kind of dance is trying to forget your habits from previous dance styles as each has a different characteristic movement associated with it.'
Jordan Leigh had studied contemporary dance at her former school so the BTEC course is building on her previous experience. She said: 'It's all about shape, how the body shapes itself, how you move from one action to the other with transitions in between. It's quite physically demanding but we're all really enjoying the course.'
Teacher Miss Bailey said 'We have six students studying BTEC Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) this year, two of whom are in Year 13 and are fast tracking. Students are doing well considering this is the first time some of them have danced, the progression made in the last two terms is amazing. They are very able with the acting side of the course. We look at dance, acting and musical theatre and at the end of the year students will be going into a primary school and delivering a Theatre in Education project that focuses on Shakespeare. There will also be trips to see contemporary dance and musical theatre performances in the New Year.'