Contemporary Dance forms an important part of the multifaceted training of dancers today.
To meet this need, at Highgate Ballet School we offer contemporary dance classes for senior students ages 11-16.
Contemporary Dance on Thursday evenings
Our senior level contemporary classes take place at the URC at 6:00pm on Thursday evenings for an hour and a half. Dancers aged 11+ learn the foundations of contemporary dance. Warm-up exercises progress to floorwork and travelling phrases, exploring the use of extension. Dancers also get the opportunity to learn basic improvisational skills, as well as collaborate creatively through choreographic tasks to devise a piece for the end of every academic year. New students are welcome to attend a free trial class before enrolling for the term.
We are delighted and proud to support and encourage the creation of new choreography which is an important part of the ethos of Highgate Ballet School!
HBS Choreographic Showcase
Dancers at the school can develop and create their own choreography from the very earliest years. It all begins with improvisation in the Primary and standard 1 classes, which encourages children to learn to listen and respond to music and rhythm. Workshops, summer schools and holiday courses further inspire and help a dancer develop their skills. The school arranges regular Choreographic Showcases which take place at the URC either during the spring or summer term and an external guest teacher-choreographer is invited to give feedback on the pieces. Selected pieces are performed at the annual showcase at the end of the year.