The Year 7 Dance and Drama Showcase is an annual event that gives every student in their first year at Townley the chance to create a performance piece that incorporates both dance and drama.
Working in Form Groups under the expert guidance of the school’s specialised Dance and Drama staff, students then bring their work together to present a showcase production for their family and friends.
This year the showcase focused upon the two themes of ‘Influential Women’ and ‘Dances Throughout the Decades’, with Dance exploring the styles associated with different decades and Drama focusing on women who have influenced society.
The Year 7 students produced a wide range of delightful performances that were thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended.
Mrs Brittle, Director of Visual and Performing Arts said:
“This has been an amazing Dance and Drama Showcase. The students have worked extremely hard in their preparations for this show and have shown real dedication and commitment. I’m delighted that we have been able to offer every Year 7 student the opportunity to perform a creative piece in front of their family and friends. I’m so very proud of every single one of them!”
Performances on Tuesday 13th January:
7 Hestia focused upon the plight of Joan of Arc and, through the use of story-telling, music and movement told the tale of her life and her valiant stand against the English during The Hundred Years War.
The group then went on to perform a number from ‘Top Hat’ called ‘Top Hat, White Tie & Tails’, a dance piece that was heavily influenced by the movement of big musical numbers in the 1930’s.
7 Aphrodite used music, movement and story-telling to tell the inspirational story of Mary Seacole, a pioneering nurse and heroine of the Crimean War, who as a woman of mixed race overcame a double prejudice.
The group then looked to Madonna and her ‘Vogue’ for their dance inspiration, which takes stylistic influence from the 1920’s and 1930’s.
7 Athene performed a drama piece based upon Malala Yousafzai, the 17 year old girl and youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for the right to education for all children.
The group then danced to the song ‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift, a piece inspired by the 1950’s and Jive Dancing.
Performances on Thursday 15th January:
7 Artemis took their inspiration from a contemporary woman, 14 year old cancer victim Talia Joy. Through the use of story-telling and physical theatre they told the narrative of Talia and her determination and optimism in the face of illness.
The group then performed a routine based upon the popular dance craze from the 1920’s, the Charleston.
7 Demeter were inspired by the ‘Mother of the Civil Rights Movement’, Rosa Parks. Through the use of story-telling, music and movement they told her extraordinary story and how her violation of the segregation laws kick-started a huge protest led by Martin Luther King.
The group then performed a piece in response to Cheryl Cole and her ‘I Don’t Care’ single, focusing on current commercial dance trends.
7 Persephone chose Emmeline Pankhurst and her family as their inspiration. Through rap, song and verbatim theatre they devised an original and creative reconstruction of the events surrounding her life and her remarkable achievements.
The group then performed a dance to ‘Disco Inferno’, inspired by the 1970’s and early disco dancing.
7 Hera used story-telling, physical theatre and music to tell the tale of the extraordinary and inspirational Harriet Tubman, a woman who escaped slavery, led other slaves to freedom and who went on to become a leading abolitionist and Civil Rights Activist.
The group then performed a piece called ‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’, a number from the finale of the hit musical ‘Hairspray’ which questions attitudes toward race and segregation in 1962.