The Performing Arts carry a high profile at St Michael’s, welcomed and respected by governors, staff, parents and pupils as fundamental to ‘whole’ education where spiritual growth and the nurturing of feeling are essential to enabling young people to experience ‘life in all its fullness’, able to cope with, and respond positively to, their role in today’s society.
It is the aim of a passionate and talented staff to foster an appreciation of the arts both through timetabled study and the extended curriculum. An engaging programme of multi-cultural arts, cross-curricular outreach and Christian Values Enrichment days promotes an energetic, creative ethos across the school. We intend that, through high quality arts presentations - worship, showcases, concerts, major productions and other school events - all pupils are able to experience the arts and recognise them as a vehicle for raising moral, social and political issues; the arts challenge them to reflect and inspires them as participant or audience to respond; we want them to see that the arts gives them a voice and that they know that their voice counts. Furthermore, we encourage our pupils to see the arts as a means of self-expression, of self-realisation and an outlet for emotion, so important in a world that places so many pressures on young shoulders.
Ultimately, we aim for our pupils to leave St Michael’s with a real appreciation that the arts offer a universal language through which a vision of the human experience can be shared and that, through the arts, they can add their own voice to the chorus of mankind.
The Dance Department strives to deliver a vibrant and interesting Dance curriculum that caters for all genders and abilities.
At KS3 all pupils study Street Dance, Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Rock and Roll and dances from musicals. Within these styles they learn a range of dance techniques, choreography and performance skills, helping them develop as creative, independent learners, able to self-manage rehearsals and work as effective team workers.
At KS4, Dance can be taken as a GCSE option and the department enjoys a consistently high level of success. Pupils continue to develop their physical, expressive and choreography skills throughout the course and we will also promote appreciation skills, enabling them to watch, analyse and understand how dance is choreographed.
Saint Michael’s Dance Department offers pupils the opportunity to join its extra curricular dancing School ‘The CODE – Centre of Dance Excellence and each year group has its own Dance Company. In Year 11 we also have the Saint Michael’s Dance Academy, which includes Dance Captains and Principal choreographers who assist staff to create pieces and take responsibility for directing rehearsals and performing routines.
Our dancers take part in many whole school performances, productions and acts of worship as well as Regional and National Dance events through Youth Dance England.
Pupils also benefit from experiencing professional live performances aspiring them towards a career in professional dance. Recent trips have been to watch The Rambert Dance Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures in Motion Pictures.
Dance Learning Schemes