Excellence in Dance
“It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.”
At Ormiston Denes Academy, all students have the opportunity to study dance as part of the physical education curriculum and later as a Key Stage 4 option. In addition students can join The Art, our dance enrichment group who showcase their dances with performances during assemblies, at academy events and in local competitions.
Classes take place in the Dance Studio, which has a sprung floor, a fully mirrored wall and full lighting, making it the perfect setting for dance training. Workshops with touring dance and drama companies, and with dancers from companies such as Dance East are also offered to provide alternative repertoire, inspiring students and allowing them to explore their own creativity.
Dance at Ormiston Denes comprises of several styles, such as, Street, Contemporary and Jazz. All three of these are studied from the perspective of a choreographer and a professional dancer. We believe that giving students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of genres from different viewpoints provides them with the knowledge and skills required for future study.
Students are able to freely express themselves through the art of dance, as well as increase their brain stimulation, boost their self-esteem, improve their fitness levels and gain a sense of accomplishment that comes with learning a new skill. Our aims are; to provide high quality teaching that allows students to learn, grow and develop to the best of their abilities; to create an inspirational and fun environment that encourages excellence; and to provide students with life skills that can be carried over into whatever career path they may choose.
Miss S Sharpe
Director of Dance
With the current world situation, and not being able to offer our normal transition, we would like to share some resources to support current Year 6 students, who will be moving to Ormiston Denes Academy in the next academic year. There are a number of online sites available, these include: Be Awesome, Go Big has […]
Mrs Buckenham has created this cookbook for all skill levels. Take a look and make something tasty!
Following on from the successful OAT EAST Dance competition, the full video performance from our students can be seen here: http://bit.ly/OATEASTDance
Students from Ormiston Denes Academy had a fantastic trip to Tonale in Italy again this year for the 2020 ski trip! All students had a fantastic time and demonstrated courage, resilience and determination. Our surroundings were beautiful – breathtaking with glorious weather! As well as skiing, students also participated in: • Bumboarding • Night Ski […]
We had an amazing time when 21 of our brilliant dancers took part in the first OAT East Dance competition! Students were competing against 7 other Ormiston academies, which calculated to just over 100 students. Their 10 minute routine made audience members cry, cheer and have goose bumps! Also, a huge well done to our […]
We are proud to announce that in January we were awarded our platinum award from our work with Suffolk Family Carers and supporting our young carers in school. We work closely with Suffolk Family Carers, and especially those within our academy. We have raised school awareness of young carers through assemblies, form time sessions, social […]
The OAT East Dance Competition is taking place at Ormiston Denes Academy on Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 7.00pm! This is a competition for students from eight Ormiston academies based in East Anglia, and we are hosting! Family and friends are welcome to this free event, doors will open at 6.45pm.
The Ormiston Denes Academy annual Careers Fair is taking place on Friday 6th March! This gives our students a chance to investigate possible careers and opportunities available to them. Over 45 organisations are attending this fantastic event!
Congratulations to all students involved, for their months of hard work and effort, in preparing and delivering various workshops and events for the Dora Love competition. All of the students were so professional in their presentation in the final, competing against 17 other secondary schools for the prize, and speaking in front of hundreds of […]
A very proud moment for Ormiston Denes Academy when some of our Year 9 students performed Suitcase 1938, at Lowestoft Train Stationn, as part of the Holocaust Memorial Day Service. This marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The train station is important as it was one of the places that received hundreds of Jewish refugees […]
The results are now in and we are proud to say that we have won 4 of the 6 categories that we entered, with all of our students being highly commended! Dance – JessicaArt – OliviaFood Technology – AlfiePublic Speaking – Daisy Congratulations to all students from the Lowestoft schools that participated in the awards. […]