“Most successful yet” Bedales Dance Performs

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By Anastasia Sheldon, 6.2

Dancers across all the year groups came together on Thursday 9 March to perform an evening of eclectic dance pieces at our most successful Bedales Dance Performs yet.

The Block 4s made their first BAC appearance with ‘Hunted’, showing animalistic movement intertwined with energetic throws and lifts, showing real control and trust in each other. Block 5s choreographed their very own solos based on iconic choreography and group pieces inspired by topics they are studying across other subjects in school. Some of the dance pieces were examined that evening and a huge well done to everyone who was being moderated.

As for 6.1 and 6.2 dance students, we performed our own solos and group pieces in preparation for our exam in a few weeks, using students across all ages and some students that do not even study dance. The show closed with the 6.1 and 6.2 Enrichment piece ‘Shattered Minds’, where during our enrichment slot we worked together to create a sensitive piece showing how a group of survivors started their fight to build their community up after a natural disaster.

What an amazing evening to be a part of, the adrenaline was flowing back stage throughout all the pieces. I can speak on behalf of all the 6.2s when I say that we have thoroughly enjoyed performing in every Bedales Dance Performs, we will miss the buzzing atmosphere backstage, everyone we have worked with and the pure support that all the students have for each other.

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Dance students enjoy the touching tale of Edward Scissorhands

On 15 January, BAC and A Level dance students went to see Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking. The dance based on the Tim Burton film tells the quirky, witty and touching tale of Edward Scissorhands, the creation of an inventor whose own son was killed. Bourne juxtaposes this gothic creation against the mundane life of American suburbia. The dance follows Edward’s progress as he attempts to fit in, gain acceptance and fall in love. The performance was innovative and enjoyable, and the quality of dance was exceptionally high, making it a really enjoyable experience. Everyone really liked it and it was interesting to see the culmination of dance and drama to create a humorous and touching piece.

By Rachel Forsythe, Block 4


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.

Bedales student honours work of Winston Churchill through ambitious Art project

Bedales Block 5 (Year 11) student Xavier Pye received a congratulatory letter from his Member of Parliament after successfully completing an ambitious art project as part of his Bedales Assessed Course (BAC) Art work, the school’s alternative to GCSE.
The project consisted of a huge installation of the Union Flag made up of hundreds of printed images of Winston Churchill. Xavier hand printed each ‘pixel’ of Sir Winston to create the flag. At the installation, Xavier, with help from his parents Jonathan and Louise, set up a smoke machine and flashing lights along with a recording of Sir Winston speaking to capture the feeling of war-time Britain and the blitz on film.

The project was entitled ‘Open Their Eyes’ to raise awareness of Winston Churchill’s role in war-time Britain amongst a much younger generation. Xavier invited children from the primary school near his family home in Wiltshire to come and colour-in the eyes of Winston Churchill in each of the images.

Explaining his inspiration behind the project, Xavier said: “My younger sister Phe Phe, who is eight, inspired me by asking who Winston Churchill was. I was amazed she hadn’t heard of him. So I decided to call it ‘Open Their Eyes’. The aim was to provoke curiosity about the war and also to introduce children to interactive and fun art. They really entered into the spirit of it and had a great time. The feedback from my sister has been positive and I hope I achieved my goal of provoking questions.”

Commenting on Xavier’s work, Keith Budge, Headmaster of Bedales Schools, said, “This is a fine example of how effective art can be in communicating strong messages about our society. Through our unique assessment equivalent to GCSE, the Bedales Assessed Course, Xavier has been able to spread his artistic wings and use such a creative medium in a thought provoking way.”

Xavier Pye

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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.

Powerful and dramatic dance

A Level and BAC Dance students performed their examined choreographed pieces recently in the Olivier Theatre. Bedales Dance Performs gave the audience a chance to see budding and leading choreography and dance talent, and gave students the chance to put their pieces in a professional setting and experience live performance. There was a powerful piece called ‘Dualism’ by Emily Blackley (Block 5), which featured dancers in elasticised full length tubes and ‘With Ropes’ a dramatic piece based on human struggle by Ochre Seagrim (Block 5). The Junior Dance Company performed a Street Dance piece and Elize Layton (6.2) presented her final A Level project about the disaster of the Tsunami. Students’ work was inspired by many practitioners and provided a real cross-section of dance styles and genres. Read more. View photos.

Bedales Dance Performs

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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.

Dance takes centre stage

Dance takes centre stage over the next three weeks. The Youth Dance Platform on Sunday 10 March features our own students from Dunhurst and Bedales, as well as the Hampshire Youth Dance Company, Amesbury School, Totton College, Frensham Heights and Petersfield Academy of Dance (performances at 5pm and 7.30pm – tickets £5). On Tuesday 12 March, the exciting all-male company 2Faced Dance returns with a brand new full-length work (tickets £12/£10 concessions). Finally, on Tuesday 19March at 7.30pm, Bedales Dance Performs offers a showcase for the choreographic work of our BAC and A-Level students (free tickets). For tickets, please contact 01730 711511 or email tickets@bedales.org.uk.

Youth Dance Platform

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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.

Bollywood and 3FALL dance visit Bedales

By Claire Gammon, Teacher in Charge of Dance    

Last week saw Bedales Dance students take part in two workshops. Dancers from Chichester University’s ‘3FALL’ dance company came to work with A level students.

Bedales School

Rosie Crawley (6.2) said: “the workshop was really helpful for my exam as I can use loads of the ideas, but the next day I couldn‟t walk – those dancers work so hard!” The BAC students, as part of looking at dance in culture, worked with Sanjuti Deew, a classical Indian dancer who has recently finished performing at the South Bank. Students learnt the original classical dance form and then learnt a Bollywood Routine. View photos.

 

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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 school. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.