Throughout this semester our Dance and SSP Dance students have had opportunities to participate in workshops run by industry professionals, see live dance performances and perform to friends and family at Dance Star competitions and our own Choreographic Evening.
In term 1 our Stage 2 students worked with a variety of professional dancers and instructors, including ACARTS graduates Hayley Kollevris and Cazna Brass. We were also fortunate enough to have ex-Australian Dance Theatre company member, Kialea Nadine-Williams take our Stage 1 and 2 class through a partnering workshop. All of our students also had the opportunity to attend an excursion to see Kialea on stage at the Space Theatre in Larissa McGowan’s professional show, Mortal Condition. This performance explored video gaming and was highly engaging for our students, especially as some had not seen a live professional dance performance before.
Also in term 1, our stage 1 and 2 Dance and SSP Dance students attended an excursion at the Festival Theatre for SACE Dance Day. This day was full of workshops with different industry professionals – the students all worked hard participating in a jazz workshop with Brent Street graduate Kristin Agnoli, learning contemporary technique with independent artist Katrina Lazaroff and being challenged with a composition workshop with ex Australian Dance Theatre dancer and choreographer, Larissa McGowan. This experience allowed students to develop multiple strategies to be successful throughout their Dance studies.
ACARTS is the full time tertiary dance course in Adelaide. Earlier this year ACARTS ran a day of workshops and performances for Dance students which our Henley students attended. Not only did they participate in a practical workshop in ACARTS’ spacious studios, the students watched the Second and Third year Dance students perform. The professional performance allowed our students to observe what tertiary dance looks like and get an insight into the full time course offered at ACARTS.
Throughout this semester our SSP Dance students have been working on dances to perform at the Dance Star competition. The preliminary round took place at Westminster High School on the 22nd of May, and our teams placed second in Contemporary, and third and fifth in Hip Hop. Then, on the 26th of June our teams were able to maintain these positions in the Finals, with two of our teams being invited to compete at the National competition in the Gold Coast in August this year.
Finally, in week 7 this term all of our Dance students performed to friends and family at the Odeon Theatre in Norwood for our Choreographic Evening. This performance saw our Stage 2 students and our SSP students present their choreographic assignment for assessment, as well as all year 9-11 students performing their class dances for assessment. This was a huge night, and we are so proud of our students’ hard work and dedication.
Next semester will be just as exciting and busy for our Dance students with the stage 2 Dance exam and performance night for all of our students just around the corner! It is taking place at the Odeon Theatre in Norwood on the 29th of September (tickets on sale soon!).
Laura Eitel | Dance and Drama Teacher
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