The Hammond is accredited by The Dance Council for Education and Training.
The Dance and Drama awards
are scholarships offering greatly reduced tuition fees and
income-assessed support at some of the leading dance and drama
schools in England. They are funded by the Education Funding
THE HAMMOND ARE DELIGHTED TO REPORT THAT, HAVING BEEN RECOGNISED AS A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE THROUGH THE MUSIC AND DANCE SCHEME AND RATED AS 'OUTSTANDING' BY OFSTED, WE HAVE NOW RECEIVED A NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL DaDA AWARDS, IN RECOGNITION OF THESE ACHIEVEMENTS.
PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW INFORMATION ON THE DaDA AWARDS:
For the 2015 to 2016 academic year, the maximum income threshold for DaDA support will be increased from £70,000 to £90,000. Minor adjustments to the amount of support the scheme will provide to students who have household incomes of greater than £42,000 will also be made. This adjustment has been made in response to annual monitoring and feedback of the scheme. The changes will apply to new students in the 2015 to 2016 academic year.
Please click HERE for full details on the National DaDA income bands
- Entry by audition in Autumn and Spring terms.
- The Hammond has a Combined First Year for incoming students on the 3 year Diploma Course. This crucial first year has purposely been designed to provide a comprehensive and thorough grounding for all students in the areas of Dance, Acting and Singing - the 'triple threat' of the entertainment industry, now demanded as a matter of course.
- Serving as the perfect grounding for the Professional Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) or Professional Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) and validated by Trinity College, London, this busy and fruitful year will provide the following:
- A complete, professional and comprehensive course in a broad range of dance styles and techniques - contemporary, jazz, street and tap - with classical ballet as the core and foundation of technique and strength to underpin all these genres.
- A range of performance opportunities supported by practical dramatic and vocal training, designed to develop in students all the essential skills required for a career in performance in the theatre, and other associated industries and media.
- A programme of Integrated Professional Studies to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding of Musical Theatre, Dance and Performance. The essential theoretical material contained within this programme, which will run across all three years, supports the practical and technical grounding covered in the Diploma and enables students to develop the ability to work confidently and flexibly as professionals. They become critical independent thinkers with a wide range of transferable skills, and learn to engage effectively in the study, practice and appreciation of performance.
- Successful students proceeding to Professional Studies Year two at The Hammond will then be offered a place on either The Dance, or Musical Theatre Course.
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(Large print forms are available upon request)
Photography by Caroline Holden
- £5,675 per term (2015-16)
Professional Diploma in performing arts (Dance)
Validated by Trinity College London
Level 6 course
Complete professional preparation for entering the world of Dance
Comprehensive training in Dance styles and techniques, with Ballet at the core
Internationally renowned guest teachers provide masterclasses
Integrated professional studies to broaden & deepen knowledge of Dance
Accommodation for Senior School (16 and above)
The Hammond will, during the summer term, supply new 1st year professional / senior students and their parents, or guardians, with a list of vetted host families providing boarding and self-catering accommodation in Chester.
Please be aware that only students aged 18 and over are
permitted to rent the self catering accommodation from the list of
andlords/landladies issued by The Hammond.
This is due to the statutory obligations of the school to provide for and safeguard the welfare of children. Those students under 18 come under the category of 'child' in this instance and will need to be accommodated with a host family / traditional boarding landlady. The Hammond will have met with, and interviewed
all prospective Host Families and landlords/landladies and have inspected the premises. These people will come from a range of sources including people that will themselves already be known to the Hammond or be recommended by staff, parents, existing landlords/landladies or third parties with whom the Hammond has had dealings. In some cases it will simply be people who are already involved in boarding/letting of property, or wish to become involved and are aware of the fact that the Hammond does provide this service for parents/guardians.The Hammond, as a matter of routine, ensures that all prospective members of the Host Families over the age of 16, have a DBS check undertaken. The Hammond will also undertake the necessary checks and procedures, with the Host Families, in line with the National Minimum Standards for boarding schools
(NMS20) for long stay lodgings. Professional / Senior students and their parents or guardians must carry out any further checks that they deem necessary before proceeding to contract with the host families /landlord/landlady, should they so wish.
Indicative cost levels for accommodation in the area can be
provided by The Hammond, but the discussions
relating to the specific terms and conditions of contracts will be purely between the students/ parents /guardians and the host family/landlord/landlady.
Subsequently, any issues relating to financial disputes, social aspects of house rules etc are individual to that contract between the host family/landlord/landlady and the professional student/parent/guardian and as such must be resolved directly between those parties.
The Hammond has a policy for monitoring the performance of Host
Families through students and parent/guardian feedback and will
take this into account when reviewing the list of Host Families
properties that it makes available to students/parents/guardians.
The Hammond likes to feel that this facility can be useful in
giving assistance to students/ parents / guardians in this new
phase of the student's life; however, there is no need whatsoever
to feel obligated to utilise it.
All professional students/parents/guardians are free to proceed to investigate the wider accommodation market place available within Chester and the surrounding area, and make the arrangements that best suit them regarding accommodation.
Those students under the age of 18, will be asked to agree to
certain behaviour and conduct, while lodging with
the Host Families from the Hammond list.
All final year Professional Dance or Musical Theatre Students join The Hammond's own Company - The Hammond Graduate Showcase.
8.30 a.m. Arrival at The Hammond. Please report to the main Reception
Welcome by The Hammond Principal
Please note that there will be a selection process taking place during the morning session
9.00 - 10.30 Ballet including flexibility
10.40 - 11.00 Contemporary
11.00 - 11.20 Jazz
10 minute break - refreshments will be provided
11.30 - 12.30 Vocal warm up - vocal solo
12.30 A light lunch will be provided
1.00 Return to studio to meet with panel members (see information sheet)
In the event that you are not selected for the afternoon programme you are free to leave at this point
1.15 - 1.25 Warm up for dance solo
1.25 - 2.00 Dance Solos to be shown individually ( second song choices may be performed at tthis time if required)
2.00 - 4.30 Acting - Monologues and Interview with Panel
From 2.00 p.m. individual candidates will be taken for their physiotherapy check by The Hammond's Physiotherapist (this will be taking place in conjunction with the vocal assessments).
9.00 - onwards Discussion with:
(followed by tour of School)
Company Secretary/Business Manager
Vocational Faculty Manager
Head of Boarding
Please note: Parents are free to return from 1.15 p.m. onwards (following the selection process) . if not selected out, Candidates will complete their day at approximately 4.30 p.m.
CANDIDATE - INFORMATION SHEET
1. Vocal - Vocal Warm up, followed by vocal solo: The panel will hear an extract from, in the first instance, one of your two chosen musical theatre repertoire songs. Sheet music should be provided and clearly marked. Backing tracks/CDs are NOT suitable.
2. Selection Process Following lunch, candidates will return to the studio to meet with the Audition panel who will advise them as to their suitability to continue with the audition process.
Please note: that in the event you are selected for the afternoon auditions, this does not automatically guaranteed you a place.
3. Dance Solo - Show a prepared dance solo (lasting no longer than 1 minute), any style of dance). Please bring a CD ( not CDRW) or MP3 format (no Tapes please).
4. Monologues Prepared text: Contemporary speech of your own choice from a published play (post 1960) which is within your age range and a classical speech - Shakespeare. If possible, these pieces should preferably be learnt by heart.
Each Piece to last no longer than one minute.
5. Interview - If you are selected as a successful candidate, you will interviewed by the Audition Panel and asked relevant questions including your Academic A Level subject preferences (optional).
DANCE WEAR REQUIREMENTS
Girls Ballet - Plain leotard, pink tights, and ballet shoes.
If pointe work has not been studied your potential for future training will be assessed.
Contemporary - Plain leotard, footless tights and bare feet
Jazz - Plain leotard, jazz pants or footless tights, jazz shoes or bare feet
Boys Ballet - Your normal dance wear or leotard, tights (dance support) and
or unitard and ballet shoes.
Contemporary - as for ballet with bare feet
Jazz - Plain leotard or T-shirt, jazz pants or track suit bottoms, jazz shoes or bare feet
FORMER HAMMOND GRADUATE STUDENTS ARE WELCOME, WITH PERMISSION, TO RETURN TO SCHOOL AT ANY TIME - WE JUST ASK THAT YOU TELEPHONE ON 01244 305350 PRIOR TO YOUR VISIT AND LET US KNOW.