St George’s runs its dance department in association with the Natalie Vinson School of Dance at St George’s. Natalie has been running her extremely professional performing arts company since 1992 and has over 500 pupils and 18 peripatetic teachers who offer the girls at St George’s excellent teaching and a range of dance grades to suit all abilities.
Girls can take classes in RAD Ballet, Tap, Zumba, Modern Dance, Street Dance and Pilates at St George’s and there are both individual sessions and group classes. We have a fully equipped dance studio with mirrors and sprung floor at the school and every year the girls perform a spectacular dance and jazz show where they showcase their talent. The show involves a variety of dance styles, individual dancers and group choreography with some fabulous costumes and lighting.
Pupils follow the RAD syllabus (Royal Academy of Dance) and have the opportunity to take Graded and Vocational examinations. Lessons can also be taken as a recreational activity (group and individual lessons). Our students have been extremely successful in their RAD Ballet examinations with 100% gaining a Distinction or Merit. Higher grades (from Grade 6) are awarded UCAS points.
Pointework & Conditioning
This class is for pupils in Grade 4 Ballet and above. Pupils will improve their strength and flexibility through stretching and Pilates based exercises. Additionally pupils will study pointework or pointework preparation.
Pilates is a popular form of exercise which focuses on the core postural muscles. These help to keep the body balanced and are essential for providing support for the spine. Pilates improves flexibility and teaches awareness of breath control. It requires focus and concentration.
Zumba is the latest aerobics/fitness class to sweep the country. Zumba combines Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system.
Tap has its roots in Harlem, USA. It involves the use of the ankles and feet incorporating different beats and rhythms to music. Not only is tap a very popular form of dance but it good fun too!
A new two year course commenced in September 2015. This class is held off-site in Ascot and can be taken as an extra GCSE in the girls own time.
It is run by an external agency, the Natalie Vinson School of Dance, and is suitable for girls who will be in the Third or Fourth Year in September 2016.
Natalie’s GCSE Dance results have been extremely impressive with her students achieving 100% pass rates since the course started in 2003 with 95% (70 students) gaining and A*, A or B Grades.