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Tap Dance

Tap Dance is an exciting Enrichment activity at Queen Margaret’s, offering girls to learn about tap dance, in which the rhythm or rhythmical variation is audibly tapped out with the toe or heel by a dancer wearing shoes with special metal taps on the ball and heel of the shoe. We follow the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing syllabus which develops both technique and skill, enabling girls who choose to undertake study to execute complex rhythms with their feet.

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.