The 13th Annual Dance Show Celebrates School Talent Old and New for 50th Anniversary
Beaconsfield High School this week hosts its 13th Annual Dance Show, with a celebratory twist. For one year only, it is not just a celebration of the remarkable talents and achievements of girls from all year groups who study dance and attend dance clubs in and out of school, but the school is exclusively welcoming back a number of dance alumnae to help mark the school’s 50th Anniversary with a special opening performance on Friday.
Leavers from 1999 to 2016 have been choreographing and rehearsing on Sundays, with many using a very modern method of pre-filmed online video tutorials created and posted by Head of Dance Miss Katrina Lasocki (who is also an alumna) due to their existing commitments at university and work.
The 50th Anniversary will also be recognised with a special finale piece performed by 65 advanced dancers from years 7 to 13. The 12 minute dance, choreographed by Miss Lasocki and some of the older students, uses iconic music from each decade since the school opened, and genres featured include Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary and Bollywood. The opening song, ‘It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World’ by James Brown, has special significance because it was released in 1966, the year Beaconsfield High School opened.
Miss Lasocki, Head of Dance, comments: “I am incredibly proud of our Dance students for their hard work and commitment. The work that goes into putting on such a large event is immense and the students never cease to impress me with their dedication and passion for Dance, and they are forever inspiring me with their creativity. It has also been a real pleasure to welcome back former Dance students and to rehearse with them once again. Their commitment, enthusiasm and excitement about returning to the school to perform has been overwhelming.”
The students have been rehearsing evenings and weekends since the beginning of the school year. This dedication shows how popular and important Dance is at Beaconsfield High School. Mrs Rachel Smith, Headteacher comments: “Dance plays a key part in the school, both in the curriculum and as an extra-curricular activity, and a growing number of girls take part in the 16 extra-curricular dance clubs on offer at the school. As always, it promises to be a spectacular evening of dance.”
The show dates are Wednesday 22 March, Thursday 23 March and Friday 24 March starting at 7pm in the Sports Hall. Tickets are £9.00 at: www.ticketsource.co.uk/beaconsfield-high-school
1999 Leavers: Katrina Lasocki
2001 Leavers: Emily Evans
2008 Leavers: Ellie Baker, Jess Goodall, Kim Lloyd, Charlie Tomlinson, Leah Townsend.
2009 Leavers: Alexandra Maslen, Daniella Wilson.
2010 Leavers: Annie Orchard, Jessie Stalbow, Nichole Wheeler
2011 Leavers: Lauren Gray
2012 Leavers: Frances Bennell, Hannah Weightman
2013 Leavers: Hazel Sutton, Jessica Walker
2015 Leavers: Charlotte Man, Chloe Wakefield
2016 Leavers: Hannah Brayshaw, Joanna Walker, Holly Williams
Did you know...
Dance has thrived at Beaconsfield High School. In the first ever Dance Show created by Katrina Lasocki in 2005, there were 71 students involved in Dance with just four extra-curricular Dance groups. Each year numbers have continued to grow and this year there are 273 girls performing in the show.
Beaconsfield High School runs GCSE and A-Level Dance. This year there are six theatre trips for Dance students, giving them the opportunity to watch some of the world’s top dance companies. In October students will embark on the school’s 5th Dance Tour to New York, with 69 students enjoying the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Broadway experience. They will learn choreography from some of the top Broadway shows in specialised workshops with Broadway performers and choreographers, and watch two Broadway shows as well as experiencing backstage tours of the Lincoln Centre for Performing Arts and Radio City Music Hall.
The success of the academic Dance programme is also reflected in the students' university and dance conservatoire admissions. Past students have gone on to study for degrees in Dance at specialist universities including Leeds Metropolitan University, University of Surrey and De Montfort University Leicester. Students have also been accepted in to the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Laban Centre, Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School and Rambert.
Other former dance students have studied in some of the best musical theatre schools in the country including London Studio Centre, Bird College of Dance, Laine Theatre Arts and Urdang Academy. One Dance student was accepted onto an apprenticeship course with BalletBoyz; another has been handpicked by One Dance UK as an ambassador for a national dance project and worked with Channel 4's Maverick TV last year to film one of her choreographies for national broadcasting, and three current students have been selected for the National CAT Scheme.