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The Hammond Centenary 1917-2017

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PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR INFORMATION ON FORMER STUDENT HARRIET MILLS AND HER RECENT DEBUT AS GISELLE IN THE HAMMOND THEATRE

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PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF PLACES STILL AVAIALBLE FOR BOYS AGED 10-14 FOR THIS DAY.  AVAILABILITY REMAINS FOR BOYS BOYS 15 -19 .

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 Once again The Hammond is Officially recognised as Outstanding IN ALL  CATEGORIES by OFSTED  - 2011 AND 2016  Please click HERE to see the report.

  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE HAMMOND'S INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS INSPECTORATE INTEGRATED INSPECTION REPORT .  

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A message from Lorraine Gregory - Former Student:

LORRAINE GREGORY (HAMMOND GRADUATE 2008)

MY EXPERIENCE OF BENESH NOTATION

A bit about me - I trained at The Hammond for five years,
danced professionally for two, and then put all my energy into gaining a first class degree in Art History from The University of Manchester. At the beginning of 2014 I was looking for ways to combine my academic endeavours with my experience in dance. Looking around for my next step, I remembered a brief foray into Benesh Movement Notation at The Hammond with professional notator and Hammond senior teacher Jane Elliott.  I discovered that this subject is now primarily taught via a distance learning course run by The Benesh Institute at The Royal Academy of Dance. Thinking that the course could potentially open doors and lead to some interesting places career-wise  I enrolled and began the first module in May last year.

One year on, I'm completely hooked and haven't looked back! Not only is the course itself a fascinating and rewarding pursuit, but I've been lucky enough to have been offered some fantastic opportunities alongside my studies. From January to March I gained experience assisting Jane Elliott when she staged a full-length production of the ballet La Bayadère at The Hammond. Working from the Benesh score that Jane herself had written whilst working on Natalia Makarova's staging of the work for The Royal Ballet in 1989, I began to learn skills and methods of working that are absolutely vital to succeeding as a notator but
which are nigh on impossible to teach and instil via the distance-learning set up. So much of the notator's role is based on communication and people skills developed and refined when working and observing on the job in the rehearsal studio. This term, I'm back with Hammond students who are in the process of
learning Jane's ballet 'White Space' for the end of year production, which means I am now writing down the choreography rather than reading from an existing notated movement( dance) score.


Last November I completed a two-week placement in the notation department of The Royal Ballet as part of the First Stage Work Experience Scheme run by The Royal Opera House. The value of this experience was immeasurable - having the opportunity to shadow and assist the notation staff in all aspects of their work with some of the greatest dancers in the world, giving me a thrilling insight into the notation profession. I'll be returning to the Opera House later this month, employed to help catalogue the notation library and archive.  I'll also be involved with the Genée International Ballet Competition in London for the Royal Academy Of Dance, where I'll be recording two solos created especially for the candidates by emerging choreographer Charlotte Edmonds.


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