A level students from Cronton Sixth Form College visited The Netherlands last weekend as part of their studies for A level Dance. The internationally renowned Netherlands Dance Theatre are on the A level Dance specification for the first time this year and students from Cronton Sixth Form College are amongst the first from the UK to be invited to spend a day with the company.
The group spent a night in Amsterdam before heading over to The Hague, where the company are based, for a packed day of events including observing a company class with the 30 world-class dancers, a history talk and tour of the building, participating in a workshop taught by one of the company teachers and watching a performance in the evening of Swansong (Lightfoot/Leon, 2010) and a world premier from company dancer and choreographer Medhi Walerski.
A level dance tutor Sharon Graham said “This was an incredible opportunity for our students studying Netherlands Dance Theatre and the trip gave us all a special insight in to the company. We were amazed at how much access we were given to company classes, rehearsals and what happens backstage when preparing for a performance. It was all topped off by a wonderful performance in the evening and we all felt truly privileged to spend the day with such a reputable company.”
A level dance student Rosie Hornby, previously from Wade Deacon High School, who is applying to study dance at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds said “Going to The Netherlands to meet and work with the company was a great opportunity as an aspiring dancer and in relation to my dance A level as we are studying them. I loved it, it was great and I want to go back!”