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Ballet is an exciting Enrichment activity at Queen Margaret’s, offering girls the opportunity to learn this classical style of expressive dancing based on precise conventional steps with gestures and movements of grace and fluidity being performed alongside stylised leaps and turns. We follow the Royal Academy of Dance and the Cecchetti Society programms of training; examinations can be taken in both styles ranging from Grade to Vocational professional levels. More information can be found on the RAD and Cecchetti websites. Girls are able to take private or group lessons and are encouraged to participate in all dancing opportunities inside and outside of School.

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.

Vocational examinations can be gained, leading to qualifications supporting UCAS applications and further studies.