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 showcases best local dance talent

Bedales hosted a stunning display of dance at the Youth Dance Platform last weekend. The annual showcase of creative and imaginative contemporary dance saw students from Bedales and Dunhurst programmed alongside groups from other schools, colleges, and independent dance companies. Dunhurst Blocks 1 and 2 pupils performed a piece to a mix of songs from Walk on By to Walking on Sunshine. Street, Ballet, Modern and Tap were included in this piece. Bedales students’ choreography comprised a piece by Daisy Nielsen (Block 5) in a fast-moving Charleston duet with Daniel Rasbash (6.2). Block 4 students performed a piece to music by Danny Elfman. The Youth Dance Platform acted as a perfect rehearsal for Bedales Dance Performs two days later, which featured students studying Dance at BAC and A Level. The evening featured 17 performances inspired by different cultures. Read more. View photos: Youth Dance Platform; Bedales Dance Performs.

Bedales showcases best local dance talent

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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.