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Dance: Summer Schools & Upcoming Events
18th May 2015
We hope you are enjoying the lovely weather and dance at Hall Cross this half term! Are you thinking about Summer Schools yet? We can recommend four here and I’m sure you know of more! If there are any good ones you can recommend, then let us know!
- Youth Music Theatre Summer School – Residential summer school for people who love musical theatre! In Yorkshire, Kent London, Edinburgh and more! Ed Sheeran was in YMT! www.youthmusictheatreuk.org
- NSCD Summer School – Day summer school in Leeds at our nearest contemporary dance conservatoire with amazing professional dancers from Belgium and the UK! www.nscd.ac.uk
- Sheffield Theatres Summer School – 2 week summer school for performers in Sheffield. Includes a tech option as well as dance, drama or music! www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
- CAST Summer School – Options for dance, drama and music school
with professional artists www.castindoncaster.com
- We are also looking for students in years 7-11 to assist with the Hall Cross Y6 ‘Crossfire’ Dance Summer School from 20th-24th July. We will be working with a professional b-boy, gymnast, martial arts specialist, hip hop performer and contemporary dance teacher. Then finish the week with a performance at a professional arts venue in Doncaster! You will also work towards an Arts Award. Please see Miss Smithson or Miss Layte to register your interest.
Disney’s The Lion King Workshop
If you are in year 7-10 then you can sign up for our fantastic Disney’s The Lion
King workshop with Leonora Stapleton, fresh from Germany and New York next Friday May 22nd. There are 20 places left. The cost is £6.50. Financial
support is available. See Miss Smithson or Miss Layte for details! www.thelionking.co.uk
Verve Workshop and Trip
Verve, the post-graduate performance company of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance are performing at CAST and coming to Hall Cross to deliver a workshop with year 9-13 students. Priority for this FREE opportunity will be given to those intending to study dance at GCSE, A Level or in FE/HE education. Put the dates in your diary! The workshop is on Tuesday June 23rd and the performance is on Thursday June 25th. www.nscd.ac.uk/verve www.castindoncaster.com
National Youth Dance Company
Sadler’s Wells is searching for thirty talented young dancers to join the National Youth Dance Company 2015-16. The selected dancers will get the opportunity to work with Fabulous Beast choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan.
Register for a FREE National Youth Dance Company Experience Workshop. The workshops are open to dancers aged 16–18 from diverse backgrounds, with experience in any dance style. Friday May 29th: Lincoln, Lincoln University. Sunday May 31st: Leeds, Yorkshire Dance Centre. Book a place at www.sadlerswells.com/national-youth-dance-company.
Good luck to all our GCSE and A Level to students studying for their forthcoming exams and to all our dancers auditioning for places to study dance at college or university! We are very proud of everything you have achieved so far this year!
Upcoming Eastern European Music Event – 21st May!
12th May 2015
Don’t forget to join us at the launch of our Eastern European Music project on 21st May 2015 at 6.00pm at the Lower site. There will be an opportunity to find out more about the workshops and to enjoy a great evening’s entertainment with the Roma Khamoro Band..
SEQUENCES A LEVEL DANCE PLATFORM
8th May 2015
On March 20th, the A2 dancers shared their practical work with an audience of 70. Peers, members of staff, family and friends all watched the A Level dancers perform their solo performances and their group choreographies. Sequences allowed the dancers to rehearse their completed choreographies ready for their practical examination, receive feedback on how best to improve the work created and refine their technical and expressive skills in their chosen solo.
We were also joined by the A Level dancers from Armthorpe Academy and Balby Carr. The Armthorpe dancers joined Hall Cross performance on stage and the Balby Carr students supported their fellow dancers from the front row.
Sequences also allowed a number of lower school students to perform the routines created in their extracurricular clubs. Students from Lower Contemporary Company, Jazz company, Broadway Dance and Boys Urban Moves all had a chance to wow the audience with the pieces they have working on this term. Katie Bailey and Emily Brown deserve special mention for entertaining the audience with solo musical performances as well as performing in a number of dance routines!
All students did Hall Cross Academy proud. Well done to everyone involved.
LASTING MOTIONS GSCE DANCE PLATFORM
8th May 2015
On February 24th, the Y11 GCSE dancers shared their practical coursework with fellow students, members of staff, family and friends. The dancers had the chance to show choreographies they had created, solo dances, and their group performance piece Broken Ties. Lasting Motions allowed the dancers to rehearse to an audience and practice and perfect their technical and expressive skills.
Performing along the GCSE dancers in Lasting Motions was a number of extra-curricular dance clubs, including Boys Urban Moves and Senior Contemporary Company. A selection of Y9 dancer also performed their assessment pieces from the previous term.
All students performed spectacularly. Well done to all dancers involved!
Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering week
8th May 2015
Students from years 11, 12 and 13 Physics students had the opportunity to take part in events marking the Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering week. The highlights included lectures in our school library from two leading academics from the Sheffield Universities.
Dr Andrew Garrard, a senior lecturer in Aerodynamics from the Sheffield Hallam University gave a lecture on air resistance that our students have studied in their lessons. He explained how the design of F1 cars and aeroplanes can be affected by drag. He also talked about how air flow over moving objects can be affected by its shape and what affect this has on the boundary layer. The Boundary layer plays a very important part in determining the drag for the aircraft so the wing should be designed to minimise drag.
Dr Chris Booth, a senior lecturer in Particle Physics from the University of Sheffield, gave a lecture on Particle and quantum Physics which looked at “Quarks, Leptons and the LHC”. He built on the topic of fundamental particles that our students have been learning in their lessons, explaining how the research into particle physics is carried out in linear and circular particle accelerators and also about other properties such as particle spin and the Pauli Exclusion Principle that governs how fermions (quarks and leptons) can interact.
This was a chance for our students to experience the level of physics they might expect as undergraduates in university and also to deepen their knowledge of both aerodynamics and fundamental particle physics. There were some great questions at the end particularly relating to real-life examples, applications and links to possible career pathways.
1st May 2015
Come along & join in the fun at the Science Fair tonight! All welcome :-) 6.30pm-8pm in the Science Block.
May Half Term
23rd May 2015 until 31st May 2015
Academy Open To Students
1st June 2015
Verve Post-graduate Dance Company
23rd June 2015
Verve post-graduate dance company workshop from Leeds’ dance conservatoire, The Northern School of Contemporary Dance with dancers in year 9-13.
Lower School PA Studio
Year 7 Parents Evening
24th June 2015
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Verve Dance Theatre Visit
25th June 2015
7:00 pm - 9:15 pm