BTEC Dance students had a very exciting start to the year, visiting three contrasting performances over the space of 2 weeks. This enabled them to analyse different styles, themes and choreographic intentions in order to broaden their minds and learn new dance skills which they can then use in their future performances.
Dance Student, Megan Rogers explains about the eventful few weeks, “Starting off the visits, was a piece by BalletBoyz called Young Men and choreographed by Iván Pérez at Sadler’s Wells. It showed the anguish of young men in the First World War through ballet.”
Emma Rowlands adds, “Our second performance was Into The Hoods by ZooNation at the Peacock Theatre. This piece was energetic, lively and fun using a fusion of urban dance and theatrical performances.”
Megan finishes, “The third piece was Love Art & Rock ‘N’ Roll by Rambert back at Sadler’s Wells and split into two pieces – Transfigured Night choreographed by Kim Brandstrup and Rooster by Christopher Bruce. I really enjoyed all the performances and they have given me so much inspiration for the future.’
Helen Patterson, Dance teacher at Coulsdon College commented, ‘Students really enjoyed visiting all the theatres and gaining first-hand experience of the different styles by fantastic performers. To be able to analyse live performances is vital for a student’s creative development within a dancing environment. I was pleased to hear such positive views and opinions from the students after the trip. We look forward to seeing some of the influences coming through the students’ dance performances throughout the year. ‘