On Sunday 1 March, Bedales held the annual Youth Dance Platform. This is a dance performance that consisted of Bedales students ranging from Block 4 to 6.2, and pupils from Dunhurst and other local schools including Frensham Heights, Amesbury, Petersfield Dance Academy and Karen Blackburn Company.
Throughout the show a variety a styles were shown to the audience such as Ballet, Contemporary, Street and Tap. There were also a variety of ages that performed, which was nice from an audience perspective to see a range of dancers as well as styles.
As well as the conventional styles performed, there was a performance that combined theatre as well as dance, performed and choreographed by 6.2 students Thomas Higginson and Anastasia Sheldon. Another performance that stood out to the audience was a contemporary group piece performed by Frensham Heights as well as the Hampshire Youth Dance Company who put on a production of their version of Matthew Bourne’s dance adaptation of Edward Scissorhands.
Overall the schools put on a great show and Bedales were able to once again show the public our creative skills. A special mention to Dunhurst too, as they put a lot of effort into their performance and worked together as a group very professionally.
By Bella Watts, 6.2
Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.