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Dance performance

Find Your Talent Tower Hamlets developed a dance project aimed at identifying talent through years 7-8, identified throughout two schools, Central Foundation Girls School (a specialist arts college) and Langdon Park (a specialist sports college).

1st June 2009 - 10th July 2009

Dancers in Tower HamletsThe aim of the project was to demonstrate exemplary inter-school, collaborative working, providing a Borough, London and UK wide model of best practice in supporting gifted and talented students.  Langdon Park’s Sports College status and Central Foundation’s Performing Arts specialism highlighted the schools as suitable collaborative partners on the pilot project because they were well equipped to house the activity and contribute on the project.

Preliminary taster workshops in Langdon Park School and the Central Foundation for Girls School identified students to take part in the project.  Laban artist Stella Howard and choreographer Tom Dale led two days of intensive contemporary style dance workshops at Laban in order to create a contemporary dance piece.  Weekly rehearsals at Langdon Park on Fridays followed to complete and refine the piece. 

The students and their parents and guardians were taken to see the TomTom crew perform at the Udderbelly, Southbank Centre in order to give them experience of a professional dance/physical theatre performance.  The students have two performance opportunities including the CPD session and a Find Your Talent National event in the Clore Ballroom at the Southbank Centre on Friday 10 July.

This CPD session was included in the project to present and evaluate the model piloted in the project within the context of how to identify Gifted and Talented students in dance successfully and then offer them high quality provision. 

  • PUPILS will have the opportunity to:

    • develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of dance
    • be challenged and inspired by professional dance artists
    • experience working in a world class Higher Education Institute and professional dance venue
    • visit a professional dance performance at the Southbank Centre
    • increase their knowledge and understanding of progression routes in dance including the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme and other dance opportunities in the borough
    • create and perform a dance for an audience
  • TEACHERS will have the opportunity to:

    • develop new strategies to identify & nurture talent and creativity within school (currently a significant national agenda)
    • develop the skills to work in real partnership with the cultural sector and arts organisations
    • develop their existing understanding of how to identify and support pupils gifted and talented in dance
    • increase their knowledge and understanding of progression routes in dance including the CAT scheme and other dance opportunities in the borough
    • collaborate with Laban on a high profile widening participation project with opportunities to showcase their work to other schools in the Borough.
  • Borough-wide, the project will:

    • pilot ways in which Tower Hamlets schools can develop their gifted and talented activities
    • encourage links between Tower Hamlets schools and a national dance programme i.e. Laban CAT
    • investigate barriers to progression routes in dance for pupils that could inform practice within schools
    • pilot activities that will impact on borough wide programme development
    • provide Co-led CPD about the identification and support of Gifted and Talented pupils for secondary teachers and dance artists/organisations who work in the borough