Dance is a thriving element of Downe House life with over 200 students participating in classes on a weekly basis. Included in the PE lesson rotations in the Lower School, every girl gets a taste of the dance genres on offer as well as the chance to produce their own choreography. Dance then becomes an optional part of lessons right through to Upper Sixth.
Students may also work towards Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) ballet examinations.
Throughout the year, dance pupils are given opportunities to expand their understanding, with external dance companies running workshops, trips to professional shows, external performance opportunities and a trip to Move It – the world’s biggest dance event.
Read more about our dance programme.
A highlight in the Downe House calendar is the annual Dance Showcase in July. Every dance pupil has the opportunity to perform in this dance extravaganza in front of family and friends. It is an incredible demonstration of the year’s hard work brought to life on stage.
With beautiful costumes, professional technical effects and stunning sets, the scale and quality of the production means it is an extremely rewarding, exciting and valuable experience for all who take part.
Our most recent Dance Show during Founder’s Weekend 2019 was called ‘The Persistence of Memory’. The show told the story of humanity; from the very beginning to maybe, its very end. To do this, we had to look truthfully at ourselves, and not be blind to the parts of our history that are painful and ugly, but also celebrate the parts of our history that are empowering and joyful. View our full album of photos from this spectacular show here.
As part of our inter-House competitions, we have an annual House Dance competition. This is the perfect opportunity for girls, not only those who take regular dance classes, to represent their Upper School House and compete on stage either as a solo or in a group. Each year we invite an external guest adjudicator to watch, judge and give feedback in the performances. For the 2019 competition we were delighted to welcome Pineapple Dance Studios dancer and choreographer Maxy Raxor.
Look through our album of photos from the 2019 competition.
The best way to find out more about Downe House, is to come and experience it for yourself – arrange a visit or join us for one of our Open Mornings?Discover