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SUMMER DANCE PRODUCTION - DANCE DOUBLE BILL 9TH-11TH JULY 2015
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
FORTHCOMING PILATES COURSE
Michael King Pilates Course at The Hammond
Pilates Matwork Stage 2
A four day intensive course running from May 28th - 31st held in one of our specialist studios in the Performing Arts Centre
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place on this course.
THE HAMMOND PRIZEGIVING CEREMONIES 2014
We were delighted to welcome two fantastic prizegivers and speakers to our ceremonies this year. In the morning, actor and writer Ian Puleston-Davies presented the prizes to our Lower School students whilst in the afternoon, dancer and performer Wayne Sleep OBE gave out the prizes to our Seniors.
Ian Puleston-Davies with Principal Maggie Evans and Vice-chair of Directors, Jo Sykes
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.
Wayne Sleep, with Hammond students, Principal Maggie Evans and Vice-Chair of Directors, Jo Sykes.
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ARCHIVED NEWS - 2012-2014
Hammond Prep have enjoyed significant success in the recent Independent Schools Association (ISA) Drama Competition with their adaptation of Hansel and Gretel and achieved the following result
The Dair House Trophy for best specialist school production.
Kinvara Garner, ( Year 6) as Gretel in 'Hansel & Gretel' won the Audrey Vowles Shield for best junior girl performer.
Soumya Saladi, ( Year 6 ) as Hansel in 'Hansel & Gretel' won a book token for outstanding junior performance in a musical.n for outstanding junior performance in a musical.
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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.
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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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