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Students have been working hard over the half term on a dance routine they will perform at Wembley alongside 2015 X Factor winner Louisa Johnson.
The students, from across the year groups, will be supporting the popstar at the launch of Derby Day - Saracen’s annual fixture which this year will see them take on their London rivals Harlequins on Saturday 8th April in front of an anticipated record breaking crowd.
Our dance partners, Pro-Excel have been producing similar shows at major stadiums across the UK for over 15 years and are incredibly proud to be working on the Isle of Wight for the very first time.
‘The students at Ryde Academy have clearly demonstrated that there is a vast wealth of talent on the Island and it's a real privilege for our organisation to be invited here. Our show at Wembley Stadium is the biggest mass-movement dance production in the UK and this year is no exception with over 1,300 students from 23 schools and academies taking part.
For us it’s all about creating lifelong memories and we hope we can do this for the students, staff and parents of this wonderful school.’
This is an amazing opportunity for the students involved.
Hayley Andrews, age 13, said ‘I loved it!!! It was amazing and the best experience of my life!’
Miss Seaton, Dance teacher at Ryde Academy said ‘I am immensely proud of every single student who has participated in rehearsals. I am delighted that we have had such a diverse range of students taking part; for many this will be their first ever dance performance. During rehearsals the students have shown remarkable leadership, determination, perseverance and confidence and demonstrate why performing arts is such a valuable discipline in our curriculum.
Despite battling fatigue and giving up four days of their half term, the students’ display of energy and enthusiasm for dance was heartwarming. As our dance department goes from strength to strength, I am really excited to show off what the Academy’s dancers are capable of.’
If you would like to get your school involved in any of Pro-Excel's major stadium dance projects please email email@example.com or message us via our Pro-Excel Facebook group:
Students from across the year groups came together to showcase their talent at our X Factor performance on Tuesday 7th February.
The judges were Principal Joy Ballard, Performing Arts Teacher, Thom Goodey, Becky Savage, Teacher, and the High Sheriff, Robin Courage. The evening was hosted by Year 12 student Jordan Westwood who did a fine job of it.
One of the most striking things about the evening was the range of genres that students chose to perform including Abba, Amy Winehouse, The Kinks, and Adele to name but a few. Some of the songs are difficult to perform and the judges were impressed with how students, some as young as 11, tackled and often mastered the song.
The audience were treated to everything from beautifully sung solos, including a tear inducing rendition of Whitney Houston's ‘I Have Nothing’ by 11 year old Maddy Hemper to a unique rap performance by Jack Millward in Year 12 who did 'Can't Hold Us' by Macklemore.
Holly Eldridge’s performance of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Valerie’ and Lucy Baker’s choice of Abba’s ‘Winner takes it all’ displayed soulful and mature voices whilst boy band Radio Silence rocked the house. The boys were really in full force with no less than three solo performances by Ollie Brunton, Tom Brunton (who are brothers and show that talent clearly runs in the family) as well as Danny Delap from Year 7.
The support from their peers was another feature of the evening and some of the performers had already amassed a following!
The top five chosen by the judges, Radio Silence, Tom Brunton, Jack Millward, Lucy Baker and Hayley Andrews went into the final and the overall winner was chosen by the audience.
The winner was…………Radio Silence!
Thom Goodey said, 'Once again, it has been brilliant to see our students showcasing their talents to over a 150 strong audience, it is testament to how brave and confident some of our Performing Arts students are. I loved being involved as a judge for this years event and look forward to seeing what our talented students showcase at our forthcoming events: 'Ryde's Got Talent' and 'Do You Think You Can Dance'.
This was another top performance by students at the Academy who already have an established reputation for talent and now the future of its performing arts is assured!
As part of the All Schools England Rugby programme three students travelled to Reading on Thursday 6th October to take part in a design workshop. Leon, Edward and Morgan created a Canterbury custom-designed rugby shirt for the Academy. Canterbury will now make this design and produce a set of 20 unique shirts for our rugby team. The students worked together to produce a ‘Shine Bright’ inspired shirt. It incorporates our Isle of Wight heritage by using the Needles lighthouse which shines across the shirt in Ryde Academy colours.
The shirts will be ready in time for a grand unveiling at the Six Nations in February. We think the designs look great! Well done boys.
On 23 June Ryde Academy played host to George Dillon and his rendition of Berkoff's Graft - Tales of an Actor offering students from years 9-13 an exciting opportunity to see fringe theatre at it's best. George, an acclaimed actor and colleague of Steven Berkoff, performed this one man show with boundless energy and absolute accuracy. He was assisted by our very own student technicians who were pushed to work at a professional standard... and nailed it!
The following morning George returned to the Academy to hold a workshop. Our students threw themselves into a gruelling, physical three hours which focused on non concept theatre practice, Berkoff's style and even a little martial arts. They all thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Images from the workshop can be found here.
George Dillon tweeted:
George Dilon’s website: http://www.georgedillon.com/theatre/vital_theatre.shtml
Thank you to Gary and Helen Aspinall for all their help on the day and over the last few months. Also to Southern Vectis, the Chain Ferry and Wight Solent Cruises for getting us there and back. Thanks to everybody who supported the team this year!
All the images from the finals can be found under the 'Ryde Academy in Pictures' page.
On Thursday 16 June our dancers were pushed out of their comfort zone by taking part in a musical theatre/dance workshop led by West End professional Sam Wilmott.
Nineteen students from years 8-11 were put through their paces learning three routines in just two hours. The routines were ones they use in the real auditions for the hit musical, Wicked. Each routine utilised choreography from different scenes throughout the musical and aim to challenge even the most versatile of dancers. The routines were taught at an industry pace; movements were only shown a handful of times before the dancers were expected to memorise them. Both the event organiser, Ann Abe (Dance Vibez), and Sam said they were impressed at the students ability to learn and retain the choreography in such a short amount of time. Part of the routine can be seen on our YouTube page.
Sam graduated from Millennium Performing Arts College in London and throughout his career has appeared in West End productions including Oliver, War Horse, Lord of the Rings, Dr Doolittle and of course, Wicked. Sam treated the students to a Q&A session where he discussed his training, audition experiences, professional etiquette and industry obstacles.
Matthew Bourne, hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful choreographer and director, was a special guest at the event. He has won the Tony Award for Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical. He is also a five time Olivier Award winner.
Hilary was invited as a special guest on behalf of the University of South Wales and was selected due to her contributions to youth dance and dance teaching in education throughout her degree and upon graduating. She said “it was such an inspiration to see Matthew Bourne speak about his amazing career in dance. I have such admiration for him both as a choreographer and role model for aspiring male dancers”.
Something that particularly resonated with Hillary was the fact that he pins his success on the opportunities that were provided for him in his local community to perform. He identifies Rubicon Dance and similar organisations as being the source of inspiration for many young people to pursue a career in dance and stresses their importance in developing the next generation of performers and choreographers.
As a dance teacher, Hillary is always trying to maximise the range of opportunities that she can provide for her dancers on the mainland and is proud to say that dance has firmly become part of the Academy's identity. In just over a year her dancers have performed all over the South Coast including London, Woking, Bracknell, Portsmouth and Bournemouth. Matthew Gough, senior lecturer at the University of South Wales said that students he has seen perform from the Academy are among some of the best dancers that he has seen in a secondary school setting; A real credit to the Academy.
Principal, Joy Ballard, said “Hilary is an extraordinary teacher of dance. We are so very proud that she was chosen to participate in this prestigious event”
Hillary was honored to be invited to join this group of prestigious people from the dance world and looks forward to visiting the new BA (Hons) course dancers at the University of South Wales, hopefully with her elite team in the near future.
You can also read this article in OnTheWight.
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