Year 10 students enjoyed a workshop with a professional dancer prior to seeing her perform at The Core. They learned techniques to help them move, balance and dance in contact with partners, distributing weight and force to boost momentum and prevent injury.
Olivia Quayle from Motionhouse Dance Company led the two-hour workshop that started with a warm-up, followed by balancing, turns and jumps. The students are studying Perfect, a piece by Motionhouse as part of their GCSE coursework and they used that as a theme for the session.
Ms Quayle said: ‘Motionhouse is a contemporary dance company that is contact-based and quite theatrical with a fusion between dance and more physical acrobatic type movement. We do quite a lot of education work. The students were very energetic and excited as they were doing lots of lifts but they all came away with a nice little piece that they created themselves and I was very pleased with their work.’
Teacher Miss Bailey said: ‘This will help the students when they have to create duets later on in their studies. It really opens their eyes when someone else comes in to do a workshop, especially as they will see Olivia performing professionally onstage in Scattered tonight (29th September).’