A summer full of dance at Grantham’s Chantry School
This summer, more than 70 student dancers have taken part in four different Summer Intensives with Grantham-based Chantry School of Contemporary and Balletic Arts.
They have danced, acted and sung their way through Junior and Senior Modern and Musical Theatre Dance Intensives, and Junior and Senior Contemporary Dance Arts Intensives.
The students ranged from seven to 20-years-old and came from all over the UK, from as far afield as Worcester, Hull and Ipswich. There was also a group of international students who came to take part from Italy and Japan.
Chantry School’s Summer Intensives are especially designed for student dancers who potentially aspire to a career in dance, and would like to experience what life is like for the professional dancer.
The Intensives are very challenging and aim to take each student’s dancing to the next level. The students learn many techniques and styles of dance.
The Contemporary Dance Arts Intensive included classes in contemporary and contemporary ballet technique, improvisation, choreographic skills and Classical Greek.
In the Modern and Musical Theatre Dance Intensive, the students learnt a musical theatre number, a lyrical and Fosse-style Jazz routine, a Broadway Jazz routine and a Commercial dance combination.
The Intensive students were taught by teachers who are all industry professionals. The staff this year have included West End and Royal Opera House choreographers and artistic directors Rae Piper and Paul Chantry, West End choreographer Gail Gordon, and celebrity cruises casting director Graeme Pickering.
Chantry School of Contemporary and Balletic Arts offers many pre-vocational programmes, as well as a vocational three year, full-time diploma course which trains dancers for the professional industry.
The school aims to give as many dance opportunities as possible to student dancers.
More information can be found at www.chantry-school.org and information about Chantry Dance Company at www.chantrydancecompany.org