Dance provides a liberating opportunity for boys and girls of all ages to experience freedom of movement and expression. It also allows pupils to explore and gain an understanding of cultures from around the world. At King's dance is a curricular subject offered as part of the dance and drama programme, as well as in PE. It is also a highly popular extracurricular activity.
Pupils learn and rehearse in the purpose-built dance studio in the Keyes building. Annual dance performances take place in the John Moore Theatre and smaller performances take place in the Wightman Studio.
Curriculum Dance - Years Seven to Twelve
Pupils receive dance experience through the dance and drama curricular programme or as part of the PE Contemporary Dance option. Dance introduces the three strands of creating, performing and appreciation, through Capoeira, Street Dance and Contact Improvisation. Many classes perform in the annual dance showcase or in the Foundation dance day. Individuals and smaller ensembles also perform in the Music, Arts, Dance and Drama Society (MADDS) evenings. MADDS is a society, run by pupils, which provides a platform for those who would like to perform in front of a friendly audience. Pupils in Years Seven, Nine and Twelve are able to choose dance as a specialist option in the Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Awards accredited by Trinity Guildhall.
Dance outside lessons is particularly strong with opportunities available for boys and girls of all ages. The Senior Company is auditioned and is aimed at pupils who wish to train and perform at a high level and there is also a Junior Company as well as year group specific groups. These experiences have supported the nurturing of some great talent over the years. Several pupils have gone on to study dance at university and one former boy pupil has become the youngest person, at twenty-one years of age, to choreograph the English Ballet's recent production of The Firebird. Whilst much emphasis is placed on the fun and social aspects of dance, it is always underpinned by the opportunity to improve, perform and be creative.