Performing arts at King’s welcomes a new chapter, with the inclusion of a comprehensive programme of weekly dance sessions.
To enhance our existing offering, we will be joined by regular ISTD dance teacher Kelly Druce, and new to King’s, Natasha Ballardie.
Kelly will be running our urban dance sessions, as well as working with our Head of Drama and Performing Arts, Harriet Agg-Manning, to deliver musical theatre sessions. With a background in teaching classical and contemporary dance, Kelly has also performed commercial dance in various music videos and TV shows. She runs her own dance school, The Kelly Leigh School of Dance, and specialises in urban, jazz, modern and Latin American, focusing on fitness, technique and enjoyment.
Natasha has a background in classical dance, specialising in ballet and PBT – Progressing Ballet Technique. This is an innovative body conditioning programme designed to enhance a dancer’s core stability, alignment, and weight placement through the development of muscle memory. ISTD and RAD qualified, Natasha has worked in Europe and the UK running dance schools, and also heads up the dance section of the Taunton Festival of the Arts. She will also be teaching tap dancing sessions every week.
As well as weekly dance sessions, offered as part of our co-curricular programme, we have regular speech and drama classes, where pupils work towards LAMDA accredited qualifications. Led by experienced teacher and performer, Anthony Irvine, these classes involve a range of speaking and performing exercises that focus on developing clear speech and confident communication. Anthony has a background in teaching and performing, having travelled through Europe as part of a touring circus in Italy and comedy act in Germany, and has also taken on various TV and film parts.
For our drama and performing arts scholars, we are running a termly programme of workshops from visiting professional dance and drama practitioners. These are designed to expose pupils to the world of the professional performer, with hints and tips from the West End, and the world of classical and contemporary dance.
Putting pupils through a variety of dance steps will be our Head of Academic Dance, Karen Paul. Karen runs a weekly dance club that enables pupils to explore different genres of dance, from the more classical through to the more niche.
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