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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

Students celebrating at the Winter Gardens

Wyke win at the Winter Gardens

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

Congratulations are once again in order to the College’s Dance Troupe who have reached the National Final of the ‘That’s Showbiz’ dance competition following their success at the semi-final stages at the Blackpool Winter Gardens.

Wyke were the only act from 20 participants from an educational establishment, with the other 19 competitors coming from professional dance schools.

The dancers ended the day winning 3 trophies, placing 2nd in the senior category for their classic piece, 3rd in the senior category for the contemporary piece and best concept for their contemporary piece which was performed to The Greatest by Sia.

Following the event, Head of Dance Toni Daddy said: “Myself and Hannah could not be more proud of the girls. To get through to the semi-finals was an outstanding achievement in itself, and we knew the competition would be extremely strong considering we are a Sixth Form College up against dance schools that train over 8 hours a week. But every single one of the 15 students that we took were phenomenal and upped their game on the stage.”

In March, the students will perform at the Liverpool Echo Arena to compete for a National Title. We wish them every success in the final stage of the competition.

contemporary dance performed at the competition

One competition, four trophies

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

Wyke would like to congratulate the 15 students who, as part of the Dance troupe, competed in their first Dance competition representing the College and won four trophies.

The troupe performed 3 dances at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall in the styles of contemporary, commercial and lyrical. Following some tough competition, the students won the best small group dance trophy and 2nd overall from their lyrical routine in their age category. For their Contemporary performance, the students once again wowed the judges and were awarded the highest mark and 1st place overall in their age category.

Following their success at the competition, Head of A Level Dance Toni Daddy said: “Both Hannah and I are extremely proud of the girls and are excited to take the routines to the semi-finals in January. To be the only 6th Form College competing against proper dance schools, and to win, is an outstanding achievement, but was thoroughly deserved after their hard work and dedication to training over the last month.”

In January, the troupe will be performing at the ‘That’s Showbiz’ semi-finals at the Blackpool Winter Gardens in front of 3000 spectators. The College would like to wish them every success in the next round.