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What is Dance?

Dance is a way to express yourself without words. Purely movement of the body can allow you to explore ways we can carry ourselves and interact with others, alongside educating ourselves about different cultures and eras of dance. Not only do students at Accrington Academy keep fit through dance, they learn how to communicate and express our creativity. From Urban B-Boying and Bob Fosse West End jazz to the Independent Contemporary Dance scene taking over the UK, your son/ daughter will be given opportunities in enrichment classes, competition dance classes and qualifications such as BTEC and A Level to develop their technical dance ability, choreography skills and performance skills to become a successful performer in the Performing Arts Industry or just to find ways to express themselves as individuals.

Dance at Accrington Academy allows students a safe environment to explore dance and ways to communicate with many opportunities to perform in front of small or large audiences within the community to club standard competitions across the UK. We pride ourselves on the level of technique and performance that students come to expect from themselves and the level of professionalism that comes from the vocational courses and standard of performances.

MOVE IT! Dance Festival
This is the largest dance festival in the UK hosting some of the most prestigious dance colleges and professional companies from around the UK alongside providing scouted classes and information about getting into the Industry. Famous dancers that have attended have been: Darcy Bussell, Strictly Come Dancing Stars ‘Kevin and Karen’, Twist and Pulse, Diversity’s Ashley Banjo, Kimberley Wyatt, Akram Khan, and many many more that can be seen at the following website:

ICC, Jamfest and Future Cheer Cheerleading Competitions
Students have competed in the ICC, Jamfest and Future Cheer Compeitions, who host teams such as the Rising Stars and Unity Allstars who compete at the World Championships in Orlando, Florida every year to represent the UK. Accrington Academy have competed in the World Qualifier Jazz and Street divisions placing third in 2015. These are opportunities for students to perform at major venues such as Nottingham Arena and Liverpool Echo Arena in front of 3000+ people.

Theatre Trips
There are many theatre trips run throughout the year from ‘In the Round’ performances at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester to West End productions in London and Manchester Palace Theatre. These are all opportunities for students to be influenced by a range of styles alongside giving them the enjoyment of a performance that they could get from choosing a career in the performing arts industry.

Christmas and Summer Performing Arts Showcases
Every Christmas and Summer the Dance, Drama, Music, Art, Media and Textiles departments team up to showcase all the fantastic and ‘One Step Beyond’ work students have produced in lesson time and extracurricular time. As part of this students perform in front of audiences of around 200 family and friends to develop their performance skills alongside showcasing the wide talents of the Academy performers.

Performance for Her Royal Highness the Queen in 2012
Students are given many opportunities to get involved in a variety of different projects, one of which was performing in front of the Queen at Burnley Turf Moor for her Diamond Jubilee in which dancers performed ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’ being treated as professional dancers and making the school extremely proud with their extremely mature and talented performance.

There are many more opportunities that students have had over the years that can be seen in the gallery and also on our twitter and Instagram page.

Dance Studio

Dance Staff

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Mrs R. Kissock

Mrs R. Kissock

Teacher of Dance

After studying GCSE and A Level Physical Education I decided to complete a degree in Secondary...

Mrs R. Kissock

Mrs R. Kissock

Teacher of Dance

After studying GCSE and A Level Physical Education I decided to complete a degree in Secondary Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status to become a secondary PE teacher. I studied for three years at the University of Cumbria and completed secondary placements in a variety of schools before beginning my teaching career at Accrington Academy. I specialise in Dance, Gymnastics and Cheerleading and also have my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and B.E.L.A. I love learning about Anatomy and Physiology and educating about choices to a healthy lifestyle.

 Currently I am studying BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts Dance. As well as this I participate in the Cheerleading Team at the Academy, the street dance team, jazz team and A Level Dance choreography. I have competed with school in BCA, ICC Nationals and Jungle Fever Future Cheer competitions. I have also performed in the Christmas Cabaret, Shine, Footloose, Hyndburn Dance Festival representing the Academy and a flash mob in school. I enjoy dance because I have been performing since I was younger in ballet, tap, gymnastics etc and have always had a passion for it. I chose dance at the Academy because there are lots of opportunities and the facilities are amazing. In the future I would love to be a professional dancer/ dance teacher.

Samantha Howarth

Year 11