Pupils at The Hammond School in Chester, Cheshire

11 - 16 Years

Dance > 11 - 16 Years

The Hammond is a nationally recognised centre of excellence for dance. This strong, dynamic and professional training prepares students for successful careers in many aspects of the Performing Arts industry.

Outstanding vocational dance training is offered in both our Lower and Upper Schools. Our highly professional vocational teaching staff possess an extensive knowledge of the profession and a wealth of teaching experience. This combination inspires and motivates our students to push the boundaries and explore their true potential.

Students are given the opportunity to perform in a variety of genres in our Annual Summer Production and events held throughout the year. Specialist workshops in Pilates, creative dance, supported adage, repertoire, theatrical make-up and hair and stagecraft. Safe dance practice and nutritional advice are also available.

Dance training in our lower school is built on a strong foundation of classical ballet. We also offer training in jazz, tap, modern, commercial, creative and contemporary dance.

Dance classes are integrated into the daily school timetable and extend until 6pm on weekdays. Students are also required to attend three hours of dance classes on Saturday mornings. Vocal and drama training is also provided as an integral aspect of this course.

The opportunities to perform are offered at school whenever possible, including on The Hammond Open Days, on Parents’ Evenings, in Concerts and, of course, in our Annual Summer Production. In addition, permission is given for years 7-9 students to perform with The National Youth Ballet and The English Youth Ballet.

Formal integral assessments are carried out in the Autumn Term and parents or guardians receive vocational reports twice annually. Dance examinations in RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern and Tap (Majors) are offered to all students, as they form a fundamental part of our curriculum. Students are entered for examinations at the discretion of the dance teacher when they reach the required standard.

Former Lower School students have successfully auditioned to continue their studies at many of the UK's leading vocational institutions. 

Post GCSE many students opt to audition for The Hammond 3 year Diploma in Professional Dance or Musical Theatre courses.

Entry is by Audition (please see Auditions page for dates and application forms).


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