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Contemporary Dance

Contemporary Dance is an exciting Enrichment activity at Queen Margaret’s, offering girls the opportunity to learn this popular form of dance which developed during the middle portion of the twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominating performance genres for formally trained dancers. Although originally informed by and borrowing from classical, modern, and jazz styles, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance. We offer a course of contemporary dance to complement the other dance classes offered to girls at Queen Margaret’s to broaden their horizons and knowledge.

The dancing year is very busy and varied; examinations typically take place in November and June. Meanwhile, the annual Dance Show is held in the Chapman Theatre in March and special performances take place on Speech Day to celebrate the end of the School year. The department regularly contributes to School events, drama productions, charity fundraising and Intra-house entertainment events. The girls benefit from attending regular theatrical events and from professional dance groups visiting School to give workshops in a variety of dance styles.

Dance also enriches physically, mentally and emotionally. It increases coordination, spatial awareness and musicality while also building confidence through delivering solo performances or learning how to dance as a duo or part of a larger group. Girls who dance gain an artistic awareness of existing dance work alongside the opportunity to see new cutting edge pieces by the leading companies of the day. The physical training, discipline and aesthetic awareness gained helps girls explore their own creativity with opportunities to choreography and have their own pieces performed in a theatrical setting.