The Dance Department has given the students fabulous enrichment opportunities and activities to support the curriculum this term.As well as our extensive dance clubs we organised a range of activities including workshops with Seagoney Lowe-Vidal and ex-Lister student Joseph Toonga from Just Us Dance Theatre. in January our Year 10 dancers competed in the Annual Dance Borough Competition at NewVic where they performed their ResTec piece called TranS-MYT based on the support that a person that suffers HIV and AIDs needs; they performed brilliantly and secured second place.

The Dance Department have been working hard on getting our Year 11 GCSE candidates ready for their exam next month.  This involves Intervention sessions after school and some Saturdays, meaning that they got the opportunity to work with some of our Lister Dance alumni including Alex Jarrett and Lianca Murphy (Class of 2016), Angelo Martins (class of 2017) and Prisca Ntumba (class of 2018).  Year 10s and Year 11s had a great lyrical workshop with another ex-Lister dancer Tanyel Hassan who is currently teaching dance at Curwen primary and at the Deborah Day Theatre School Trust.  We also recently found out that Lola Adaja, another Lister alumnus, has secured a role in the acclaimed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the WestEnd.

Lister dancers were on show at the Vital Stages Dance Platform in Barking and Dagenham; they weren’t dancing, featured in images displayed in a month long exhibition of dance.  The images chosen were from the Boys Do It Better Dance session, a workshop with Tanyel Hassan, ex-student Rakeem Murray-Martin and our own Ms Coke ‘on pointe’ with the caption ‘she wasn’t sure if she still could, she tried and she did!’

We are also pleased to announce that our partnership with UEL is going from strength to strength as we have attended a fantastic Open Day at the Stratford Campus where our students had a tour of all the facilities including the music recording studio, editing suites, the radio station, dance studios and then had some amazing master classes.
Forthcoming events include:-

  • A trip to the renowned Pineapple Dance Studio to do a commercial street dance class with Josephine Tarquinio-Singh aka ‘Lil J’
  • An evening of ‘krump’ called 3 Rounds of Amp at the London School of Contemporary Dance
  • The lunchtime dance show, Dance Episodes

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