Dance is very popular at QM. Girls have the opportunity to try out different styles of dancing and have individual or group lessons. Some senior girls take dance to the highest level and work towards professional standard teaching qualifications.
QM offers a Dance Scholarship which provides specialist tuition to girls who want to pursue dance at the highest level whilst also receiving a superb general education.
The following styles of dance are taught at QM:
Girls may take the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the Cecchetti Society Ballet Examinations. Girls work through the Children's Grade Syllabi and on the major vocational examinations.
Modern and Tap
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)examinations are taken. Again, girls work through the Children’s Grade Syllabi and on to the major vocational examinations.
Non-syllabi HipHop dance classes, including warm-up and stretching.
Martha Graham technique and Contemporary release method, including creative choreography.
Workshops are arranged in all dance styles and have recently included Ballroom, Samba, Salsa and Scottish Reeling.
Each year at Speech Day, QM's dancers perform selected works as part of the afternoon's entertainment. This is an opportunity for the dance prefect and girls who are leaving to mark the occasion with style.
The annual Inter-House Dance Competition involves all girls in years I and II representing their house for this challenge. By using not only their dance skills but by planning, scheduling and organising themselves their aim is to create a dance that has style, pattern and costumes! The girls learn a great deal and have great fun in the process.
Over the last few years the annual performance has seen the Dance Department present its own versions of ‘The Nutcracker’, ‘Cinderella’ and 'Sleeping Beauty'.
QM Dance Department presents Sleeping Beauty
On Sunday 11th March QM dancers took to the stage of The Chapman Theatre to perform their highly original rendition of a classic fairy-tale, Sleeping Beauty.
With a cast of 72 this year’s Dance show was a performance not to be missed. Choreographed by Head of Dance, Alison Leadley and her team, the show incorporated ballet, modern, tap and hip-hop styles in its imaginative retelling of this popular story.
The show was put together in an intensive rehearsal period of just half a term and the incredible level of hard work and dedication of the cast, crew and teachers was clear to see. Congratulations to all involved for working together to produce what has been called Dance’s ‘best show yet’.