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Ballet

Ballet

Ballet at Francis Holland is the responsibility of Mrs Valerie Hitchen, who trained at the Royal Ballet School and who is an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance.

Classical ballet forms part of the curriculum in Reception and Years 1, 2 and 3 and it is a very popular co-curricular activity from Year 4 upwards.  Students are prepared for examinations of the Royal Academy of Dance and also for the school's internal ballet competition, the Princess Margaret Ballet Competition. This competition culminates in a final in June, which is a prestigious event, attended by School Governors and noted figures from the world of classical ballet.

The aim of ballet within school is to inspire and nurture a love of classical ballet, its history and traditions and associate arts.  All pupils are encouraged to achieve their personal best and many find that ballet has benefits for their confidence and posture.

Ballet is taught to the highest standards at school and was described as being 'of excellence' in the last ISI inspection report.  The school achieves a 100% success rate in examinations and a number of exceptionally talented pupils have auditioned to attend the Royal Ballet School Associate Programme.

Ballet Class and Rehearsal Times - Autumn Term 2016 

Please click here to see our Senior Ballet Class Times

Please click here to see our Junior Ballet Class Times

 

Our school photos, including our ballet photos, are available to view on Flickr. Click here to see them

 

Miss Reet's Wedding

Miss Reet, our wonderful ballet pianist, married John Smallshaw on July 11th.
On this occasion there was no piano playing by the bride but lots of poetry from the groom!
A truly happy and most delightful day. 

 

Outstanding achievements are seen in many extra-curricular pursuits, especially ballet, music, musical theatre, speech and drama, and in examination results in these activities.

ISI Report May 2011

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