Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre, Ashford Road, Tenterden, Kent. TN30 6LT
T: 01580 764222 | F: 01580 766267
We have two well equipped mirrored, sprung floor dance studios, one of which we are starting work on refurbishing into a studio theatre.
The dance department offers a range of courses and extra-curricular activities to suit all interests and abilities. At KS3 students enjoy dance as a part of the Performing Arts curriculum. At KS4 students can choose between GCSE with the Sports UK Certificate in Dance Leadership and the vocational BTEC Extended Certificate, this will lead students to follow the BTEC National and/or AS Level in the Sixth Form. Although courses are majority practical they are enhanced by analysis work of students own work and professional work.
We feel it is important to supplement the practical work we carry out at school with regular trips both locally and to London to see professional work. Students who continue their dance studies beyond Homewood have embarked on degrees courses and are now teaching or working in a dance related professions. We have two very successful students who now dance for Matthew Bourne and Scottish National Ballet.
We have two thriving companies, InTo SHIFT, our junior company is open to all students in years 7 – 10, at present they have performed at various venues across the South East and embarked on projects inspired by musicals, the gun powder plot and of course our annual performance. Our senior and gifted and talented students are invited to SHIFT Dance Company. This year they have been involved in a variety of projects including producing a site specific dance film with the Sounds New Festival.
The department holds an Annual Performance in December that aims to celebrate the dance work of students from across the school. This is supported throughout the year by termly sharings of work that allow students’ friends and family to see the work they have been completing in class.
Both GCSE and BTEC Dance students require full PE kit (preferably no shorts) and trainers. The BTEC students’ sessions are on Tuesday morning lesson 1-3 and GCSE on Wednesday morning lessons 1-3.