Covid 19 has inevitably impacted the way in which Dance is being taught at Dauntsey’s but the School has come up with some creative solutions to continue this very popular activity
Classes are now non-contact and mixed age group dance clubs have been suspended, with single year group sessions replacing specialised groups. There has been a great uptake in Dance across the Lower School, leading many sessions to be held outside, making the most of the large campus setting the school enjoys.
Miss Wilkins, Head of Dance at Dauntsey’s said;
“Restrictions have encouraged us to broaden our Dance offering and add different skills which weren’t necessarily available to pupils before.
“Instead of the usual Lower School Dance Show, we are planning a film showcasing pupils’ work this year. The theme is ‘Movies’ and pupils are busy choosing film locations, costumes and learning editing skills as well as the usual choreography. Planning the film has created a real buzz of excitement, it’s definitely something we will do again, even when we are no longer in Covid restrictions.
“Dance is fantastic for getting young people moving and having fun. It’s beneficial for mental health and encourages pupils to connect with their creative side. It builds confidence and trust and allows pupils to take on leadership roles in teaching and choreography.”
At Dauntsey’s, Dance is on the curriculum for all First and Second formers and pupils can take Dance as a GCSE and A level option. There are many other opportunities to enjoy Dance and classes are open to all, experienced dancers and those who are new to this discipline. Street, Modern Dance, Contemporary and Ballet are all popular sessions.
Dance has grown dramatically in popularity and is now an accepted career option with three pupils recently going on to join Dance schools.