At Amesbury we are proud to offer dance as part of the school’s curriculum from Reception – Year 8, providing an outlet for self-expression and movement. Through studying the art form pupils build upon their dance composition, appreciation and performance skills, blending their artistic practice with physical activity. Every Amesburian will perform choreography in a Performing Arts event annually, enhancing pupils unique Amesbury experience.
Our CCA programme offers a vast range of dance classes to develop dance technique which include the genres of Modern, Tap, Hip-Hop and Contemporary. We also offer Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) graded examinations in Ballet. We have two audition only dance groups for pupils who are extremely passionate for dance. Amesbury Dance Company for Years 3-5 (ADC) and Troupe for Years 6-8 are the schools dance performance groups that work towards developing demanding choreography and skills in our discipline.
In Years 7 & 8 we run a Dance Scholarship Preparation Programme for gifted pupils in dance. Weekly classes are offered with the focus of this programme being to build upon technique, choreographic, knowledge and understanding of dance for pupils who wish to dedicate themselves to committed dance training and achievements whilst at Amesbury and beyond.
HEAD OF DEPARTMENT
Charlotte Rose Carnes graduated from the University of Roehampton in 2014 with a combined honours Bachelors of Arts Degree in Dance Studies and Drama Theatre and Performance Studies. She has studied dance technique for over 20 years and has undertaken a Diploma in Dance Pedagogy at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
Before arriving at Amesbury, Charlotte worked as a choreographer at the Hammond Theatre. Charlotte is incredibly passionate about dance education for children and adolescents, aiming to build confidence and character through a holistic approach to dance.