Dance is a crucial element to Amesbury’s curriculum, providing an outlet for self-expression and movement. In the curriculum from reception to Year 8; the school believes in maximising the use of body as well as the brain. It is crucial that the children develop a meaningful relationship with their own bodies, an ability to express themselves through their use of it and are able to feel they can explore their creativity with no threat of judgement or criticism. Our ethos is that every child should feel comfortable to move in any way they like, without restriction, so that they can emotionally develop as fully as possible. Pupils are regularly entered for dance examinations and also enjoy performing at several shows throughout the year, in and out of the school.
In our purpose built dance studio we study a wide range of genres including:
Imperial Ballet (Reception upwards).
Ballet is the core of any dancer’s training; ballet lays the foundation to a dancer’s strength, spatial awareness and ear for music. The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing has a strong and positive focus on ballet technique, set exercises, spatial awareness and musicality.
Musicality Ballet (Years 5-8).
The distinction between a good dancer and a great one is their commitment to the music they are dancing to. This lesson juggles choreography, improvisation, discussion and set homework. This class is by invite only.
Modern (Nursery upwards).
An expressive form of dance that includes improvisation, co-ordination, flexibility, rhythm and technique. The choreography includes jazz, ballet and street.
Tap (Years 1-4).
Excellent for rhythm, performance, control and your ear for music. This class is a wonderful combination of technique and theatre that will push the pupil ahead in terms of rhythmic development.
Hip-Hop (Years 1-8).
A high-energy class combining hip hop with commercial, salsa, popping and breaking. This class is all about attitude in performance. It focuses on challenging moves, choreography, floor work, creativity and musicality.
Contemporary (Years 5-8).
This class will develop the pupil’s creative mind by considering dance as a way of telling narratives and showing emotion. Each class revolves around improvisation, strength, creativity and open-mindedness.
Head of Department
Charlotte Carnes graduated from the Univeristy 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 is currently undertaking 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, Hampton. Charlotte is incredibly passionate about dance education for children and adolescents, aiming to build confidence and character through a holistic approach to dance.