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Boys' Day of Dance Taster Day Sunday 31st January 2016.
Coming soon in The Hammond Theatre...
THE HAMMOND DRAMA PRODUCTION - GRIMM AND GRIMMER. Thursday 26th - Saturday 28th November 2015...
CDET Dance & Musical Theatre Careers Conference, October 2015
The Hammond was honoured and delighted to recently host the CDET Dance and Musical Theatre Conference. The day was a fantastic success, with many schools and colleges attending. Potential students enjoyed stunning performances, together with their parents, guardians and teachers.
The photos of Hammond students below, performing on the day, show just a flavour of what was a fantastic day!
Photography by Brian Slater
HAMMOND SENIOR TEACHER DAVID NEEDHAM
Hammond Senior Teacher David Needham recently undertook some workshops at at the annual NATD ( National Association of Teachers of Dancing) Northern Area Workshop Day, where Hammond Dance students took part.
David Needham with retiring NATD
Chairlady Joan Lawrence and Hammond Students Esther
Haywood, Rachel Farr and Lauren Goldie, at the annual NATD
Northern Area Workshop Day
Following the introduction of RAD (Royal Academy of Dance)
Dance Examination work into The Hammond timetabled week, our
students have achieved fantastic results. We would like to
students and, in particular, those students who gained their
Advance 1 and Advance 2 Dance Examinations, all with Merit and
Distinction results.Congratulations also go to all students who
have taken ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) Dance
Examinations in Modern and Tap for their excellent results
Congratulations also go to all
students who have taken ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of
Dancing) Dance Examinations in Modern and Tap for their excellent
THE HAMMOND PRIZEGIVING CEREMONIES 2015
We were delighted to welcome two fantastic prizegivers and speakers to our ceremonies this year. In the morning, Gymnast and Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle MBE presented the prizes to our Lower School students whilst in the afternoon, actor Steven Pinder gave out the prizes to our Seniors.
Beth Tweddle with Hammond Principal, Maggie Evans
Both celebrities inspired our students with their witty and passionate speeches; we were honoured to have them here, and hope to welcome them back very soon.
JANE ELLIOTT, SENIOR HAMMOND TEACHER
Choreographer and Senior Teacher, Jane Elliott, seen here rehearsing cast in Ballet Quartet White Space, part of Dance Double Bill. Benesh Notation is in use here by Professional student of Benesh, Lorraine Gregory, a former Hammond student. The Hammond gives a taster course in Benesh Notation to its Senior professional students.
Read more about Lorraine Gregory in our Destinations and Achievements section!
The Hammond was recently honoured to welcome Irek Mukhamedov, who travelled to Chester from Europe. Irek, a Patron of The Hammond, worked with Hammond students, particularly those performing in La Bayadere.
Irek Mukhamedov with Hammond Y7 Students.
All final year Professional Dance or Musical Theatre Students join The Hammond's own Company - The Hammond Graduate Showcase.
The 2015 Tour has performed at The Hammond Theatre, The Quays Theatre at The Lowry, Salford Quays and The Shaw theatre, London.
HAMMOND PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS ARE CELEBRATING AFTER SUCCESSFULLY ACHIEVING THEIR MK PILATES MATWORK LEVEL 1
Eleanor Duignan, Jack Hales, Bethany-Jayne Dalton, Lauren Slack & Jon Walker with Michael King receiving their certificates for MK Pilates Matwork level One
Sophia Ingram, Briony Mauger, Bethan Jacks,
Chan, Geraldine Beaumont & Jessica Southern with
Michael King celebrating passing MK Pilates
Matwork Level One
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ARCHIVED NEWS - 2012-2014
outstanding junior performance in a musical.
Click here to read The Dancing Times review of The Hammond's 2013 Summer Dance Production -
and follow this link to read The Dancing Times...
ADVENTURES IN DANCE...
Hammond students recently visited The Lowry Theatre, Salford, where they saw Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake. This was a fantastic production, made even more special by the fact that no less than TWO ex Hammond Dance Students had roles in the show.
Tom Cummings is enjoying his first tour with Motion Pictures and is delighted to be in this production as it was the very show that inspired him to pursue a career in dance!
Robin Gladwin has had an extensive dance career,
particularly with Rambert Dance Company.
MANY CONGRATULATIONS TO HAMMOND SENIOR TEACHER, DAVID NEEDHAM, WHO HAS BEEN INVITED TO BECOME A PATRON OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DANCE TEACHERS (NATD).
Congratulations also to Hammond Associate Dancer Troy Tipple who will play Charlie Bucket in the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane production of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.
RECENTLY IN THE HAMMOND THEATRE...
Audiences were amazed, entranced and amused by The Hammond Drama Students' production of SHOCK HEADED PETER, an adaptation of Der Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann.
Photography by Neil Kendall
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.
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR BBC NATIONAL NEWS'
REPORT ON FORMER HAMMOND STUDENT DANIEL DOLAN AS HE GRADUATES FROM
THE BOLSHOI ACADEMY
OLYMPIC (and Dancing on Ice!) CHAMPION MEETS BOLSHOI LEGEND!
Olympic Gymnast Beth Tweddle visited The Hammond with her Partner from ITV's Dancing on Ice, Dan Whiston in order to receive some valuable choreography tuition from Hammond Dance Teacher Chrissie Eccleston-Touhy. While she was here, Beth met ex- Bolshoi Dancer and Patron of The Hammond Irek Mukhamedov, who was making one of his regular visits to the school to give Ballet workshops.
Plymouth Town and Trilogy of Dance - in The Hammond Theatre - Summer 2013
Thoroughly Modern Millie - in The Hammond Theatre Summer 2013
The Hammond Company - in The Hammond Theatre - 4th - 6th March 2013
The Phantom of The Opera - in The Hammond Theatre - 20th - 23rd March 2013.
Chester Mystery Plays -
Chester Mystery Plays 2013 Director Peter Leslie Wild and writer Stephanie Dale visited The Hammond and worked with our students on a number of workshops. Artist Dai Owen drew some 'reportage' sketches of the workshops, effectively catching the feel and atmosphere of the event. Dai is recording the story of the 2013 Mystery Plays in this way, from the beginning through to the production, with special emphasis on recording the back stage and rehearsal work - the areas the public can't usually access. These sketches show the final discussion with Peter and Stephanie, and the students acting out a 'living statue' and child on a Chester Street.
The Hammond Company.
For 2014 - The Hammond Company toured to the following venues:
3rd-4th March 2014 - The Hammond Theatre, Chester
6th March 2014 - Matinee performance at The Shaw Theatre, London.
7th - 8th March 2014 - MOVE IT! Olympia, London
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