Dance at The Leigh Academy is an ever growing and developing subject. With an outstanding studio facility and performance theatre we are able to provide students with countless opportunities to grow and perform.
Free extra curricular clubs and productions make use of lateral learning as students are taught according to their ability and are given the chance to lead others, irrelevant of their age. All students are given the opportunity and support to develop their skills and confidence to perform to their potential in front of an audience.
We educate Students as though “young professionals” and strive to prepare them, as best we can, with the skills and qualities required for a successful and lasting career in the Performing Arts Industry.
After an intense year of training and studying Dance Skills, students in Year 10 are able to enter the BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Performing Arts (Dance).
The units we study in year 10 and 11 are:
The skills and qualities covered by these units educate and develop a well rounded performer, ready for further education in Dance. The performances required for the units are included in assemblies and drama and musical productions as well as our own displays.
All students in Year 7 participate in one module of Dance as part of their P.E. lessons. Each lesson progresses to look at different skills, covering strength & flexibility, rhythm and musicality, basic jazz technique, performance and expression and the rehearsal process. All four colleges learn a different routine and compete in a friendly street style “battle” at the end of the Module in a after-school performance. This is always an incredibly energised and enjoyable event.
During the girls second module of Dance, all colleges learn the same routine and perform in a large group piece at the end of the module to create a music video.
From these lessons, students showing interest, commitment and potential are selected to train with the Elite Show team.
The extra curricular timetable changes each module to best suit the rehearsal needs for various displays and productions. Information is given out at the start of every module and is available for the P.E. Department.
All clubs are offered free of charge and everyone, including staff are welcome to attend. Specialist genres covered in clubs are Ballet and Contemporary and Cheerleading; a variety of styles are taught in Elite Show Team and Dance Fun.
Students should also check the Dance notice Boards on the Studio door, in the changing rooms and by the P.E. Office.
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Telephone: 01322 620435
If students wish to take their training to the next level, our resident Dance School – “Sapphire Dance and Drama Academy”, offer lessons in all disciplines every evening and weekends.
For further information please visit www.sapphiredanceacademy.co.uk.
The Principals, other senior leaders and governors, provide outstanding leadership.Ofsted
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Students participate readily in the wide range of sports, social, art, music and drama activities that the school provides. Many students attend the after school and weekend revision clubs that staff provide.Ofsted
The school organises the wide range of subjects it teaches extremely well, and reviews them regularly, adjusting its provision to meet the changing needs of students.Ofsted
Teaching is challenging. It is based on accurate assessment of how well students make progress, what their individual learning needs are, and what kinds of activities will best make sure that they learn well.Ofsted
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