Performing Arts – Dance & Drama at Brooke Priory

‘Pupils’ achievements in art, drama, music and sport are exceptional’ – ISI Inspection Report 2017

Drama at Brooke Priory School

From the Nativity plays in Reception, drama starts at a young age – Christmas sees several productions in Pre-Prep, and parents are regularly amazed at the standard of performance. The academic year climaxes with the Form VI production; an all-singing, all-dancing production to rival the best of the West End.

We take an inclusive approach to drama, with pupils having the opportunity to take part in plays or musicals throughout the year. All are encouraged to have speaking roles, and pupils are often inspired to develop an interest in both lighting and staging of performances, and to contribute to the writing of some scripts. We are lucky to have a fully equipped theatre within school, as well as excellent staff who, like the pupils, revel in the limelight. The prep form and nativity productions are always a calendar highlight!

Public speaking is celebrated, not feared, at Brooke Priory. All pupils learn to become competent communicators, whether they have an audience of 200 or an audience of one. Through services, assemblies and performances, the pupils practise the fundamentals of oral communication: clarity, coherence and confidence.

Dance at Brooke Priory School

We take a very creative approach to dance at Brooke Priory to ensure each and every child is engaged and having fun learning, not just those that have a particular interest for the subject. Dance classes are included in the timetable from nursery up to form VI and led by trained teachers. Lessons are often based around class topics or the Brooke Priory school values as the basis to enhance the children’s learning of a particular type of dance.

Brooke Priory children are invited to partake in dancing exams such as Cecchetti Ballet, and we have had some fantastic results with distinction and merits for some of our dancers.

In prep, the children move on to look into dance in more detail and explore different ideas such as how dancers use verbal and non verbal communication, discovering how dancers stay in time with each other and work as a team. Children are encouraged to develop their individuality and freedom of expression and are often given tasks to create their own ideas.

After-school and lunchtime dance clubs give those with a passion further opportunity to indulge, and work towards exams if they choose to. The children have also attended creative workshops, and entered local spotlight competitions.

Nursery and Pre-School have weekly ballet lessons that introduce the foundation of ballet through story telling. These classes also give the children a chance to practice vital skills such as turn taking, listening and patience as well as self discipline.

Performing Arts at Brooke Priory