Youth Dance Platform showcases local talent

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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.

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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.

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.