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Gabrielle Butler ARAD, LRAD, AISD, is a Royal Academy of Dance trained and fully-registered teacher specialising in dance. Classes follow the RAD syllabus as well as non-syllabus material. Sessions are inspiring, exciting and challenging and all groups learn choreography to be performed at school events. Pointe work is also offered to students who are considered physically ready for it. Groups are mostly organised according to year groups but also in relation to students’ ability. These classes are not suitable for absolute beginners and pupils must therefore have some knowledge of the basic ballet movements. Pupils working towards higher grades in ballet have the opportunity to train outside school with Mrs Butler at her ballet school in Brackley.
Group Dance (by years)
Todd to IVs may attend group dance sessions every week. Movements and sequences are devised using various styles of dance: street, hip hop, contemporary, jazz and ballet. These group pieces are then performed in dance shows which take place at the end of the Autumn and Summer terms.
Entry to this group is by either invitation or audition. Girls from all years are accepted. Weekly sessions of choreography take place which result in two final pieces being created for end of term performances in the Autumn and Summer terms.
Incorporating the ISTD Tap Syllabus, this class teaches students the basic and intermediate tap steps, without the stress and worry of an exam-structured environment. Classes are open to all students of any ability who share with us the joy of tap. Each term new steps and routines are learnt, culminating in a performance on Summer Show Day. A fun and enjoyable, lifelong skill!