Dance Curriculum

Years 7 and 8

All girls experience a six to eight week block of educational dance during their Wednesday afternoon lessons in the Michaelmas and Lent terms.

We adopt the traditional Laban approach to dance teaching – with a very modern bias – and aim to give the girls as much enjoyment as possible by encouraging them to contribute stimuli and themes, choreography ideas and music.

Pupils learn basic body control, performance technique and methods of creative choreography development.  This sets the foundation for the girls’ dance work as they progress through school.

Years 9 to 13

From Year 9 girls can specialise in a dance route within their PE curriculum options.  It is a very popular, successful and rewarding activity for all ages and abilities.

They may choose to study the Laban Guild Foundation Course in one double period per week in the Michaelmas and Lent terms.  They can then opt to continue in the Summer term, completing a full year in dance and gaining an IDTA Performance Award.

All our dance courses encourage self-expression, fitness, fun and creative development and we follow the concept of ‘Dance for All’ – which makes Monmouth School for Girls a unique, renowned and hugely successful centre of dance excellence.

Dance Staff

Ms R Parry – Director of Dance

BA (Hons) Sports Studies (Bedford).  PGCE Physical Education (Bedford).

Ms Parry’s background is in gymnastics and she has represented Wales in artistic gymnastics, and Wales and the South West of England in Rhythmic Gymnastics.  She was also British Colleges champion in Sport Acrobatics.

Since joining Monmouth School for Girls as Head of Physical Education and Dance in 1996, Ms Parry has developed specialisms in dance and modern fitness disciplines.  She is a Reebok City Jam instructor, a Community Dance Leader with the Laban Guild, she holds ISTD Advanced Level II Tap, and is an Associate Teacher (Freestyle and Modern Jazz) with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA ).  Since June 2007, when Ms Parry gained for Monmouth School for Girls Approved Open College Network (NOCN –  now Agored Cymru) Centre Status, she has become Centre Internal Verifier and External Verifier for Performing Arts Courses in Wales.

Ms. Parry’s expertise and experience in dance has helped to give the school a unique, vibrant and nationally-renowned dance community.  Dance is open to girls of all ages and abilities at Monmouth School for Girls and large numbers of girls use the discipline for self-expression, fitness and enjoyment.

Ms Z Pritchard

RAD Teaching Cert. AISTD

Ms Pritchard currently teaches ballet and tap lessons in Monmouth School Girls’ Prep and Monmouth School for Girls.

Ms Pritchard trained at the Bristol School of Dancing and Associated Arts where she studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap and National Dance. She graduated with teaching qualifications from the Royal Academy of Dancing and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.  Currently, she is studying for a degree in Dance Education with Surrey University.

Ms Pritchard began her professional career as a dancer and has completed contracts across Europe. Since then she has taught dance in many forms, owning her own ballet school for four years before going freelance to fit in with her family commitments. This included working in dance schools, nurseries, schools and community projects which earned her an Enterprise Award for the South West with the Prince’s Trust.