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Dancers at competition

The Incredibles

By | Awards, Dance, News, Performing Arts, Sport

On Saturday our national award winning dance team competed in the heat stages of the That’s Showbiz dance competition at Ellesmere Port and came home with an exceptional 9 trophies, with  4 routines successfully progressing into the semi final stages of the competition which will take place in Blackpool.

Heat 1 results:
Best Small Group for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
Highest Mark in Classic Genre for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
1st place overall in Senior category for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
Highest Mark in Open Genre for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
3rd place overall in Senior category for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
Adjudicators Choice Award for ‘ The Incredibles’
4th place overall in Senior category for ‘The Incredibles’

Heat 2 results:
Highest Mark in Hip Genre for ‘Ghost Town’
1st place overall in Senior category for ‘Ghost Town’

Huge well done once again to all our dancers, bring on Blackpool! 👏

Our dance team will be performing all of these routines at our Christmas Showcase on 3rd December, see our event on our Facebook page for more details.

#MakeItHappen

Sport, PE & Dance Teachers

FE Teaching Team of the Year

By | Course News, Dance, News, Physical Education, Sport, Uncategorised

Wyke Sixth Form College’s P.E, Sport and Dance Teaching Team have been recognised for their “inspirational work in education” at the 2019 Pearson Teaching Awards.

The Team were awarded Gold in the ‘National Team of the Year’ category at last night’s glamorous ceremony, hosted by BBC presenters Tina Daheley and Sean Fletcher.

Commended for going “above and beyond,” the Team were praised for the significant amount of hard work they put into the College, well beyond their timetable commitments.

The Team are a vital part of Wyke’s success, both inside and outside of the classroom; offering fantastic enrichment opportunities for students including our national award winning dance, rugby and football teams, trips around the world and a high level of dedicated support beyond lessons.

Delighted by the news, Principal Paul Britton said:

“What fantastic news! The staff and students in Wyke’s Sport, PE and Dance team are deserving winners of the Pearson National Teaching Award for FE team of the year.

With literally hundreds of students engaging in sports teams each week we were national semi-finalists in rugby and football, finalists in netball and national champions in dance.  In addition to exceptional sporting success, our students achieve consistently in the top 5% in the country for their main qualifications.  Perhaps most importantly, the team’s goal is to help all students develop the personal qualities that will ensure that they excel in their future careers.

An exceptional team and a great recognition for all their efforts.”

The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC2 on Saturday, October 26, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”.

There is also an opportunity to meet with the Team and find out about Wyke’s exceptional Sport offering at our Open Evening, Thursday 24th October, 5.30pm-8.00pm.

Wyke Sport, PE & Dance Team wins Silver Teaching Award in UK’s “Oscars for Teachers”

By | Course News, Dance, On Campus, Physical Education, Sport

Selected from thousands of nominations, The Wyke Sport, PE & Dance Team is just one of the Silver Award winners from across the entire country who celebrated today, on “Thank A Teacher Day”, as the Pearson National Teaching Awards marks its 21st year of celebrating excellence in education.

The award-winning Team were presented with the prestigious Pearson Silver Teaching Award trophy this morning to celebrate their outstanding achievement.

The award is truly deserved. Each member of the Team continue to go above and beyond for every single one of their students. The impact of all of their hard work has been evident in outstanding student grades and progression (along with the array of medals in the trophy cabinets!)

Outside of the curriculum, the Team put on a wide range of sporting enrichments which have excellent student engagement. Wyke has 5 male football teams, 5 netball teams, 2 women’s football teams, rugby league and union teams plus 3 teams in basketball. Students also regularly compete in badminton and cross-country. Add to this, the recently formed dance team and yoga classes. The Team have also introduced many positive initiatives into the wider College such as the recent Health MOT’s made available to all students and staff.

Community engagement is also a priority with visits to local primary schools, helping to improve their sporting experience, along with raising money for various charities.

The Team has now been shortlisted to win one of just 13 Gold Awards at the UK’s “Oscars for Teachers” – a glittering event held at the Roundhouse on the 20th October. It will be broadcast on BBC2 the following week, on 27 October, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes” as a showcase of excellence in education.

Congratulations Team Wyke!

1942 Dance

Wyke Win National Dance Title

By | Awards, Course News, Dance, Drama & Theatre, News, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Sport

The Wyke College Dance Team are celebrating taking the “That’s Showbiz” dance competition by storm, winning four category awards and picking up the ultimate accolade of National Champions.

Our team of 22 dancers began their long journey to the finals back in 2018, competing in two regional qualifying rounds. Over 6000 dancers participated in this highly regarded competition, from over 200 dance schools and academies. Wyke were the only sixth form college to compete in the finals, held in the Liverpool Arena.

Whilst patiently waiting back stage, Toni Knight, Head of Dance at Wyke, nervously predicted that “this could our year”. The judge’s feedback from the qualifying rounds had been very positive and Wyke took to the stage as one of the favourites to take the national crown.

“Arachnophobia” and “1942 The Land Girls Struggle” won awards in their respected genres but it was the award of the National Champions trophy to Wyke Sixth Form College for “1942 The Land Girls Struggle” that really topped the day.

Deputy Principal Julie Peaks said, “I’m very proud of everyone involved and so happy to have been part of the day. Eden Walker and Daisy Betts have both done a fabulous job as Dance Captains.Thank you also to Toni Knight and Laura Bulless for making this happen. What a fab, nerve wracking and emotional day. Just fantastic!”

After collecting the £2500 prize money and National Trophy, student dancers Keziah Dean and Daisy Grannon were both overwhelmed. “We’re are all extremely proud of everyone involved, we’ve all worked really hard”, commented Daisy. Keziah added, “We must be favourites to win the Wyke College Team of the Year at Wyke Sports Presentation, bring it on!”.

Romeo &Juliet

One in a Thousand

By | Course News, Dance, Drama & Theatre, News, Performing Arts

Former Beverley Longcroft student Beth Curry has recently been cast in Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet, a contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic story. Beth, who studied A level Dance at Wyke, is now in her second year of the BA(Hons) Dance programme at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds.

As well as established professional dancers, Beth was cast as part of an initiative to promote emerging dance talent. She is one of six young cast members who will perform at the Bradford Alhambra Theatre alongside the New Adventures Company. This is a significant milestone for Beth as she was selected from over 1000 applicants.

Beth proudly posted on Facebook that she was “so happy to finally announce that I will be performing in Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures brand new production of Romeo and Juliet as part of their young cast! Very excited to be performing in Bradford on the 22-25 May 2019 with this amazing company.”

Bourne said: “New Adventures’ Romeo and Juliet will be a celebration of youthful energy, talent and creativity both on and offstage and, uniquely, in all aspects of choreography, design and music through the appointment of a series of young associate artists.

“As we enter our fourth decade as a company, I’m finding the development of young talent ever more important and fulfilling.”

Find out more about Dance at Wyke at our Open Morning, 2 March, 9.00am-12.00pm.

Life at Wyke with Isabelle Heath

By | Course News, Criminology, Dance, Physical Education, Sport, Uncategorised

Where did you go to School?

Wolfreton School

What are you currently studying at Wyke?

A Level Dance

Physical Education

Criminology

Why did you choose to study at Wyke?

I chose to study at Wyke due to the specialist A Level teachers, good facilities and wide variety of courses to choose from such as Dance and Criminology.

There is also a more mature approach to learning compared to school and it provides a new and exciting environment with lots of opportunities.

What is your favourite experience of Wyke?

My favourite experience of Wyke so far has got to be the Sports presentation as it is a really fun and inclusive event celebrating sporting achievements throughout the college.

Have you taken part in any of our enrichment opportunities and if so what do you enjoy about this?

Yes, in my first year I was involved in both the Netball first team and Dance team and I have followed the Dance team through to my second year. I really enjoyed both of these enrichments.

In your opinion, what is your greatest achievement at College so far?

Getting through to the Blackpool Winter Gardens semi-final competition in Dance has been my highlight. Wyke were the only college there, competing against professional Dance groups!

What are your aspirations for the future?

I am aiming to study a degree in Professional Dance in London at a Vocational College and then progress in a Dancing career from there.

What do you like to do outside of College?

Outside of College, I Dance at NAPA three days a week.

If you had to describe Wyke in one word, what would it be?

Exceptional.

Wyke Dance team

Wyke Dance Away with the Trophies at National Competition

By | Awards, Dance, Performing Arts, Sport

Congratulations to our Dance troupe who won 9 trophies in the heat stages of the ‘That’s Showbiz’ national dance competition at Ellesmere Port on Saturday.

Competing against professional dance schools, Wyke was the only sixth form college who entered the competition, with 28 dancers from the college performing four dances across two heats.

In heat one, the team came away with five trophies following their performances of Potawatomi, a large group commercial piece choreographed by David Danville and small group contemporary piece Arachnophobia.

  • 1st in classic genre
  • 1st in commercial genre
  • Best small group piece
  • 1st Overall for Arachnophobia
  • 4th Overall for Potawatomi

Following a successful first heat, the team then proceeded to win a further four trophies with their performances of Gesticulation, a small group contemporary piece and 1942 The Land Girls Struggle, a large group contemporary choreographed by Julie Lovewell.

  • 1st in classic genre
  • Best small group piece
  • 1st Overall for Gesticulation
  • 2nd Overall for 1942 The Land Girls Struggle

Following the competition, head of Dance Toni Knight said: “once again, we were the only sixth form college to enter this competition, competing against professional dance schools who train for many hours a week on their routines. Therefore, to get all 4 of our routines through to the semi-finals and take home 9 trophies, was just phenomenal! These are the best results we have ever gained in this round of the competition, therefore I am extremely excited for this squad moving forward. All 28 students involved were outstanding on the day, with this being for many the first competition they had ever been part of. The captains Eden Walker and Daisy Betts did an amazing job at leading this team to victory. Roll on the semi-finals at Blackpool Winter Gardens in January, where the girls will perform to around 3000 spectators.”

New course for 2019 BTEC Dance

By | Course News, Dance, News, Performing Arts

Wyke Sixth Form College are excited to introduce BTEC Level 3 Dance to our course offering for students starting in September 2019.

BTEC Dance is a diverse, vibrant and exciting course which allows students to explore a range of styles and genres of dance including commercial, contemporary and jazz.

This qualification is 100% coursework assessed, offering a practical approach where you will be challenged to develop your technical skills and performance ability. You will also gain the knowledge required to choreograph both solo and group pieces. The theory aspect of the course focuses on physiology of the body linked with the dancer in action.

The qualification provides an excellent foundation for study at a higher level and for progression into many careers such as Dancing, Choreographing, Teaching and Fitness Instructing to name a few.

Wyke also offers courses in A Level Dance and BTEC Performing Arts. These courses can be taken separately or alongside BTEC Dance to give a full time Dance/ Performing Arts Programme for those wishing to go into the industry.

Course enrichment

Our Dance department at Wyke offer extensive extra-curricular opportunities including the chance to compete nationally, guest lectures and links to training providers within the industry including the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

For more information:

Contact Toni Knight, Course Leader on Toni.Knight@wyke.ac.uk.

You can also follow our Instagram account Wyke_Dance.

Amelia Swift

Amelia’s Swansong

By | Course News, Dance, Drama & Theatre, News, Performing Arts

Congratulations to Amelia Swift, former Hymers College student, for gaining an offer of a place at Bird College. This higher education institute has a global reputation for providing outstanding education and professional training in Dance, Music and Musical Theatre. Places are very limited and highly prized. Amelia successfully passed the audition and has been made a conditional offer based on her A level results.

Watch Amelia perform her A level Dance solo piece based on the style of Christopher Bruce. Amelia chose “Swansong” from 1987, performed to “Primavera” by Ludovico Einaudi.

https://www.youtube.com/watch

Wyke students with Xander Parish

Students Star with Royal Ballet

By | Community, Dance, Drama & Theatre, News, Performing Arts

Congratulations to Daisy Betts, Keziah Dean, Isabelle Heath, Mia Stocks, Jade Thrustle, Eden Walker and Amelia Swift on their performance on the opening night of Hull New Theatre.

The dance they were selected to perform with Royal Ballet Principals was a contemporary ballet, called ‘Death of the Spoken Word’.

The concept behind the dance is that in today’s modern world of technology, people don’t speak to each other anymore. Everything is done by message, social media or emails. The dance explores the reality that without technology, people would speak face to face much more.

An excellent, modern day piece choreographed by the Head of Dance at Napa, Julie Lovewell, and Hannah Goodhall.

The group also performed outside during the day at Hull Trinity Square. There is a compilation of this public performance together with an extract from their dress rehearsal on the College YouTube channel https://youtu.be/IPFNmUp24yc