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Dance Showcase 2020

Link to video of Dance Showcase 2020 on Google Drive.


The dance coordinator has provided the following message on Wednesday 24 June 2020.

Return of co-curricular dance program in Term 3

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am excited to announce the return of all of our co-curricular ensembles from the start of Term 3 with a few changes to staffing.

Unfortunately, Ms Westland is unable to continue with Dance Ensemble this year, but thankfully Isaac Clark (our amazing ballet teacher) is available and excited to take it over! I would also like to welcome Charlotte Patterson as our new Acrobatics teacher and Debbie Keenan as our new Hip Hop teacher. Please see dance teachers 2020 (PDF 231KB) to find out more about our new (and existing) teachers if you are interested.

As mentioned earlier, we will still be aiming to work towards a showcase, albeit a shorter and more low key affair. Dance Showcase (co-curricular) will now happen on Monday 16 November (Week 6, Term 4). The students will rehearse during the day, perform for their peers during Period 4, and then we will have a public performance from 7:00pm that evening. This date was selected to allow time for ensembles to prepare effectively and ensure the Year 12 students involved can perform once their HSC exams are complete.

Thank you once again for your patience and understanding during this challenging and unprecedented time. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Kind regards, Ana Welsh

End of message

The school's co-curricular dance program is designed to celebrate the talent of our students and encourage those who love dance to develop their skills, confidence and abilities.

The dance program provides students with internal and external performance opportunities, raising the profile of dance within the school and wider community. In recent years, these performances have included:

School based performances:

  • Variety Night
  • Dance Showcase
  • Presentation Ceremony
  • Assemblies
  • International Day
  • Wear it Purple Day

Wider community performances:

  • Sydney Dance Festival
  • Schools Spectacular
  • Burwood Festival
  • DZP annual concert
  • overseas performances

Our dance program philosophy

Our philosophy at Burwood Girls High School for the co-curricular dance program is to:

  • Promote involvement in dance
  • Engage students in a fun, encouraging way
  • Provide opportunities for performance in dance both within the school and wider community
  • Apply the syllabus in the development of dance works that reflect the outcomes of the NSW 7-12 Dance Syllabus
  • Develop a willingness to aim for excellence in dance teaching, choreography and performance amongst dance students, teachers and choreographers.

Expectations of students

Successful students will be given a permission note and dance contract, which must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the school. The permission note will detail:

  • The ensemble the student has gained entry into
  • The rehearsal times and venues
  • Who will teach the ensemble
  • Cost
  • Uniform to be worn

External performance commitments

By signing a dance contract, students and their parents are agreeing to the terms and conditions associated with being included in the ensemble. This includes students:

  • Accepting entrance to the ensemble for the whole calendar year
  • Attending ALL weekly rehearsals. Exceptional circumstances are accompanied with a leave pass approved by HT PDHPE and Dance and where possible in advance.
  • Being punctual to rehearsals and performances
  • Behaving in an appropriate, respectful manner
  • Being professionally presented in the appropriate dance uniform
  • Engaging enthusiastically in warm up, skill development, choreographed work rehearsal and cool down
  • Borrowing costumes and returning them clean and by the deadline.

Dance ensemble descriptions (PDF 200KB)

Meet the dance teachers 2020 (PDF 231KB). List updated 25 August 2020.

2020 audition times

Dance Company - Monday - Week 2: 3 February 2020 - 3:30-4:30pm in Movement Studio

Acrobatics Ensemble - Monday - Week 2: 3 February 2020 - 3:30-4:30pm in Fitness Lab

Dance Ensemble - Tuesday - Week 2: 4 February 2020 - 1:10-2:30pm in Movement Studio

Hip Hop Crew - Tuesday - Week 2: 4 February 2020 - 1:00-2:30pm in HALL

Ballet Ensemble - Wednesday - Week 2: 5 February 2020 - 7:30-8:30am in Movement Studio

Tap Ensemble - Wednesday - Week 2: 5 February 2020 - Lunch in HALL

Musical Theatre - Wednesday - Week 2: 5 February 2020 - 3:20-4:20pm in Movement Studio

Jazz Ensemble - Thursday - Week 2: 6 February 2020 - 3:20-4:20pm in Movement Studio

2020 rehearsal times

Dance Company
Rehearsals: Monday, 3:30-4:30pm, Movement Studio
Availability: Years 9-12 elective dance students

Acrobatics Ensemble
Rehearsals: Monday, 3:30-4:30pm, Fitness Lab
Availability: Years 7-12

Hip Hop Crew
Rehearsals: Tuesday, 1:00-2:30pm, Hall
Availability: Years 8-11

Dance Ensemble
Rehearsals: Tuesday, 1:00-2:30pm, Movement Studio
Availability: Years 8-11

Musical Theatre
Rehearsals: Wednesday, 3:20-4:20pm, Movement Studio
Availability: Years 7-12

Year 7 Dance Ensemble (2 groups)
Rehearsals: Wednesday and Thursday
Availability: Year 7 only

Ballet Ensemble

Rehearsals: Wednesday, 7:30-8:30am, Movement Studio
Availability: All students

Tap Ensemble
Rehearsals: Wednesday, 1:10-2:00pm, Hall
Availability: All students

Jazz Ensemble
Rehearsals: Thursday, 3:20-4:20pm, Movement Studio
Availability: All students