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Contemporary Dance Classes

Graham School of Dance runs non-syllabus Contemporary Dance classes from our dance studios in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, on the Herts / Essex borders - unusial for a pre-vocational dance school. Our Contemporary Dance classes are offered at Introductory / Intermediate and Senior levels for pupils from Grade 5 Ballet and above. Contemporary Dance pupils learn Ballet and Modern Dance as their core lessons, and GCSE Dance pupils all take Contemporary Dance lessons at Graham School of Dance as a requirement for the GCSE course.

Contemporary lessons include free work, an introduction to Graham and Cunningham Contemporary technique, as well as improvisation and introdutory release technique. 

Contemporary dance has limitless possibilities of exploring creativity with  fewer traditional rules, letting pupils connect mind and body that gives a real sense of freedom. 

Talented pupils by invitation develop their training to perform in group, duet, trio, quartet and solo pieces for Contemporary sections at dance competitions, including many award-winning pieces at national level.

Please contact us to find out more about our Contemporary Dance lessons - ideal for pupils from Essex and Hertfordshire who want to develop this side of their dance.

Exciting news for Graham School of Dance and Dance Design!

We are delighted to announce that from September 2017, Dance Design and Graham School of Dance will join together. We feel this is a fantastic opportunity to combine the two schools’ talents and build on both their strengths, and we are very excited about the future! The new school will be "Graham School Of Dance & Theatre Arts" with Miss Graham as Principal, and we are thrilled that Jody Squirrell & her team will continue under the new school umbrella.

Exciting news for Graham School of Dance and Dance Design!
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Huge Congratulations to GSD's Cameron!

Well well done to Cameron, who has won a place with the National Youth Theatre – a HUGE achievement against thousands of applicants! He will start his NYT journey this summer!

Huge Congratulations to GSD's Cameron!
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Sylvia Young place for Louisa - congratulations!

Well well done to Louisa, who has won a full time place at Sylvia Young Theatre School! She successfully auditioned against stiff competition, having had to perform a Singing solo, Dance solo, and Shakespearean and Modern Drama monologues. Congratulations from all of us!

Sylvia Young place for Louisa - congratulations!
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Huge congratulations to ex GSD student Charlotte Perry!

Congratulations to GSD alumnus Charlotte Perry who has gained a contract in Tarzan the Musical, in Germany! Charlotte trained with Graham School of Dance before completing her training at Laine Theatre Arts on the Betty Laine Scholarship. We are so proud & excited for Charlotte for her next adventure! 🎉

Huge congratulations to ex GSD student Charlotte Perry!
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ISTD Modern Dance Janet Cram Awards 2017

Such a lovely day watching our gorgeous girls dance at the ISTD Janet Cram heats!! They all danced so beautifully... Hannah Ph, Isabelle McG in Juniors, Florrie, Leah & Ellie Ta in Seniors & Ellie Tr & Emily P in the Premier section. ✨✨ Congratulations to ✨✨ ✨Hannah Ph - for a Commendation in the Junior section!! ✨Florrie - through to Finals in the Senior section!! ✨Leah - through to Finals in the Senior section!! ✨Ellie Tr - for a Commendation in the Premier section!!

ISTD Modern Dance Janet Cram Awards 2017
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