The Arts at Ellesmere College is continuing to thrive as it launches its new GCSE Dance programme from September 2023.
The news comes as 14
students at the College celebrate success following the release of
results across music and drama examinations - set by the Royal Schools of
Music (ABRSM), the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and Trinity College London
- three prominent courses offered by the school.
The GCSE Dance (AQA
Course) will begin at Ellesmere College during the summer term with taster
sessions for youngsters aged between nine and 13 being planned by way of
introduction to the new course.
Rachel Schubert, Director
at Ellesmere College, said: "The introduction of this new GCSE Dance
course is an important addition to our offering, meaning more students will be
able to get involved in dance and work towards a qualification. Our dance programmes
are proving really popular and we offer a range of opportunities for students
of all ages - in terms of performing, leading sessions, choreographing and
co-directing. Taster sessions for
GCSE Dance will be held in the form of Thursday twilight two-hour sessions
after which students can opt to take the course."
"It dovetails nicely
with our other offerings which are seeing a high level of take-up again
following the restrictions of Covid. These include private dance lessons for
children aged between three and 13 in contemporary, ballet, jazz and tap -
amongst other styles - and lessons can be on an individual basis, in pairs or
groups. Lessons can be taken purely for fun or with the goal of taking and
"Our Junior Dance Club
runs at lunchtimes and some students take part in our Arts Award Dance Focus
where Arts Award Advisers are on hand to help students develop their ideas in
relation to their chosen art form which could be dance. We also have leadership
opportunities for senior students working with Junior Dance Club and Ellesmere
Primary School. This can be achieved by leading a term of dance sessions with
peers or younger students."
"Students can also get
involved with the drama department's annual performance of a drama, dance or
physical movement. This involves students who are already skilled in dance
being encouraged to co-direct or choreograph as well as be part of the
production. This is another opportunity available through the Arts Award or
As the College
dance programmes gather momentum, music and drama students at the school are
celebrating examination success. They include eight Distinctions and one Merit
during the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) exams: Olivia Philbin, 15,
Grade 7 MT Distinction; Henry Copelin, 14, Grade 3 Acting Distinction; Harry
Hepburn, 15, Grade 4 Acting Distinction; Oscar Archer Rogers, 13, Grade 4
Acting Distinction; Tabitha Gallagher, 11, Grade 3 MT Distinction; Esther
Gration, 11, Grade 3 MT Distinction; Megan Pritchard, 12, Grade 3 Acting
Distinction; Kaylee Mellor, 13, Grade 3 Acting Distinction; Sienna Hanratty,
12, Grade 3 Acting Merit.
The Royal Schools of
Music (ABRSM) exam results: Oscar Crossen -
Grade 1 Piano 114 Pass; Chris Davis - Grade 6 Baritone 118 Pass; Ellie Kimber -
Grade 4 Violin 116 Pass; Huw Lloyd - Grade 3 Piano 126 Merit.
Trinity College London
exam result: Olivia Philbin - Grade 4 Drums Merit.
For more information on
dance, music and drama provision visit: The Arts at Ellesmere
24th May 2023 Back to News