Head of Dance: Ms. Stephanou
Year 10 Dance Tutoring
Year 10 GCSE Dance students went to Beacon High for the Primary Sports Festival. Year 10 GCSE dancers worked extremely hard to create a warm-up and dance routine that was targeted for primary aged students. They also adapted movement to stretch and scaffold all ability dancers.
The AMSI students taught 120 primary students from a different primary schools; Hungerford, Copenhagen, Montem, Christ the King, St Peter and Paul, Winton, Drayton Park and St Johns Upper Holloway.
We are immensely proud of our AMSI students, they represented the school in an extremely positive light. Primary school teachers were impressed with the students’ creativity and professionalism. One teacher commented on how the Year 10s had a strong ability to engage all learners with their enthusiasm and passion for dance. The primary students loved the Year 10s dance session and could not wait to show off their talent at the end of the session.
Xirone also gave a special talk to the primary students about what life at secondary school is like. Xirone represented AMSI well and calmed a lot of primary students fears about attending secondary school.
Middlesex Dance Accelerator
The students have been embarking on a six week programme, working with University Dance lecturers and students to create a performance piece. The performance consisted of two pieces, one contemporary based piece, choreographed by Bryony Cooper (a Release based dance lecturer), and a hip hop routine created by Leroy Dias Dos Santos (a member of the dance group Flawless) who is also an Urban lecturer are Middlesex University. Alongside the lecturers three first year students, Dominica, Katie and Eden worked with our students on performance techniques and learning about the different career paths that dance can lead to. They also worked with two past University students Teresa and Matty who documented the project and got our students to think deeper about the reasons behind why they dance.
Year 9 & 10 AMSI students performed the curtain raiser for Middlesex’s New Horizons End of Year show. They performed alongside third year students. Our students gave an amazing performance and represented the school in a really positive way. The University lecturers, students and audience members were extremely impressed with the standard of their work, commitment, behaviour and work ethic over the past six weeks. They received a multitude of positive comments and I am extremely proud of their journey and how far they have all come.
I have also recorded and photographed the event, but I am sure you would all love to watch it live at our end of year summer showcase in July.
A huge thank you to Dr Radzka and Trude Lamptey for supporting the project, especially on the day of the performance. Thank you to Tracey Warner and Louise Graham and the English department. Without you all the project would not have been the success that it was.
Ms Stephanou: Head of Dance
Year 10 Dance Performance: Bad
On the 5th December our dance department staged a wonderful performance of Bad: The Untold Story of Little Red Riding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf. The dance show was performed by our amazingly talented Year 10 dancers and was even largely choreographed by them!
The audience were amazed by the beauty and storytelling of the dance and athleticism of the students as they told the story of Little Red Riding Hood from the perspective of the wolf.
Congratulations to all the students for putting on such an incredible show!
On 20th June Arts & Media School Islington presented its annual Dance Showcase. Like the previous year this was a massive undertaking of twenty individual dance pieces and involving no less than forty four dancers!
This was another amazing feat from our head of dance, Ms Stephanou, but also from the dancers that she inspires, some of whom had the confidence to choreograph the dance pieces themselves.
The show was a great success, not only in terms of the performances, but of the planning and co-ordination backstage which showed a great maturity from our students.
We are extremely proud of the whole dance department for putting on such a special night and we look forward to the next one. Well done!
The Red Shoes
Our dance students put on a fantastic performance of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Red Shoes. It was a showpiece that they had worked on for their exchange trip to Denmark and had already performed over there.
Middlesex University Dance Accelerator Programme
Mid November saw the start of the Middlesex University Dance Accelerator Programme. A selection of students interested in dance went up to the Finchley campus of Middlesex University to take part in the Middlesex University Dance school Raising Aspirations programme.
With equal measures of fun and hard work, this four weeks course is a fantastic opportunity to further the students’ skill, flexibility and fitness in dance.
Thank you to all parents and carers for allowing the students to take the course in their own time after school.
Dance performance for the Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch
Big Day Out
Six students from Arts and Media School performed at the Big Day Out in Whittington Park. Brandon 11A, Meriam 11C and our very own music technician, Fussi Andersen, performed a group piece, Nirvana’s “Smells like team spirit”. Max from 11D performed two of his own piano compositions. Shanice 8A and Karina 8E performed a dance composition which they had created in collaboration with one another. Ex AMSI student Charlie Raphael-Campbell made another return to the Big Day and played several compositions alongside the current AMSI students.
Both our past and present students got the crowd buzzing with more and more people entering the performance space as they heard our students playing, singing and dancing. They performed excellently and positively represented the school.
During the summer holidays, Isaac 11D, Nicole 7A and Olivia 7F auditioned to be part of Rosie Kay Dance Company. Rosie Kay Dance Company was looking for young talented dancers to be part of their next performance piece entitled “5 soldiers”; a dance piece about the thrilling and humane portrait of army life telling the stories of five men and women serving on the front line.
All three students performed exceptionally well and had their first glimmer what it takes to be a professional dancer on stage in front of live audience. I am so very proud of these students and all of what they have achieved.
Arts and Media School visit Disneyland Paris for a show stopping performance!
On Monday 3rd July fourteen students from Arts and Media School embarked on an overseas residential trip to Disneyland Paris to perform in front of Disney choreographers and show officials.
The students then had the opportunity to work with the Disney show officials in a special workshop which was held by Kylie, one of the Disney show choreographers. The workshop took place in one of the Disneyland Paris parks before it had officially opened; a truly magical experience. Staff and students had to enter the park through the cast member’s entrance, a special privilege only for the select few.
Students were greeted at the front gates of the park by a Disney spokesperson. Students were then taken to the Disney Junior Studios. This is where they do all of the filming for shows that are held on the Disney Junior channel. Students performed their dance number in front of the seven Disney show officials. After their performance they received constructive feedback on how they can improve and what they would need to do to in order to perform on the main Disney show stage. The Arts and Media School dancers then learned a jazz number to the Hercules song “Zero to Hero”. After they learned the jazz piece, students performed this dance to the Disney show directors. They were extremely impressed by their performance. Olivia Szydlo said that, “it was a truly memorable experience and one that she will never forget for the rest of her life.” Karina Sawa said, “this trip has really pushed me as a dancer, I have found this experience challenging and memorable. It has really helped me to develop as a dancer”. Joshua Nwosu said, “he has really enjoyed being part of this project and the group, it is the best school experience that I have had so far”.
The Disney choreographer was very friendly and made the students feel extremely welcomed and relaxed. Kylie extracted a lot of energy from the students. I was extremely impressed by our students as they maintained their energy throughout the workshop.
After the workshop students took part in a question and answer session with the Disney show director and choreographer. Students asked excellent questions about the dance industry, pathways that are available to them for further study, how they can work their way to become a Disney dance official. They also asked Kylie questions about her life and pathway of being a Disney show choreographer.
After the performance and workshop students then had the opportunity to explore the Disney parks; go on rides and look at the shops. Later in the evening, the students then went to see the Disney firework show. Nicole Sandwell described it as a magical experience to witness.
Thank you to all of our supporters who made the dream become the reality. This trip could not have happened without your continuous support, fundraising and guidance.
The students and I are eternally grateful.
Ms. Stephanou: Head of Dance
Dance GCSE 2017 Compilation
A short compilation of the hard work and many hours of practise and rehearsals put in before performing for the GCSE exam.
Contemporary Dance Performances for Trustees’ Lecture Evening with Sir Matthew Bourne
Christmas Lunch for Local Senior Citizens
On Friday 9th December we had our annual Christmas lunch and entertainment for local senior citizens. For the past eleven years Arts & Media School Islington has invited elderly people from local nursing homes to a Christmas feast served by our students. There was also performances from Ms. Mannion’s Vocalise choir, who sang Christmas carols and songs, and Ms. Stephanou’s dancers, who performed some beautiful dance routines for their audience.
Malice in Wonderland Performance for Islington Schools Dance Competition
Arts & Media School Islington hosted the Islington Schools Dance Festival with performances and a dance competition between the secondary schools of the borough.
We are proud to announce that our dance group, made up of various year groups, performed a contemporary dance choreographed by dance teacher Miss Stephanou and took first place in the competition.