A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school in Marion, South Australia
Early Learning to Year 12

Head of Dance - Edition 9 - 2019

Dance Allsorts 2019

In Week 6, the annual Dance Allsorts performance was held in the Michael Murray Centre and approximately 100 curriculum dancers took to the stage. The evening was a celebration of dance that highlighted the talented students at Westminster in Years 8 to 12. A large and warm audience supported the dancers as they presented a program featuring two contrasting performance works from each year level. The dance choreography seen on this night and the accompanying music was varied and the themes ranged from loss, journeying, midnight, friendship and escape, to ideas of clowning around, being carried in life and solving problems. Many works included choreographic contribution by the dancers themselves. The performance also presented a work by the first cohort of dancers who will complete their VET Certificate III in Dance qualification this year. Our 13 Stage 2 dancers were introduced to the audience at the beginning of the night and performed a short demonstration of contemporary dance technique during the show.

We are very proud of the commitment, work ethic and achievement of all the dancers who performed in the Dance Allsorts Concert this year.

Luke Rigden ('18)

Old Scholar Luke Rigden recently performed in the Ac Arts Triple Bill season at the Main Theatre in Light Square last week.

Luke performed in 'AGAGA' by choreographer Thomas Fonua, 'Over those' by choreographer Niv Marinberg and 'Spheres - A Dance for Virtual Reality' by choreographer Sarah Neville.

We congratulate Luke on his performance achievements in his first year as a Dance student as Ac Arts, Adelaide

Farewell to the Westminster New York Dance Tour 2019!

Next Wednesday 26 June, 20 dance students and three staff depart for the fourth triennial New York Dance Tour.

13 days will be spent in the magnificent city of New York, the centre of dance globally, and for five days dancers will attend the famous Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA. In New York students will see performances on Broadway, at the Lincoln Centre and at the renowned Joyce Theatre. The male and female dance students attending the tour will take classes at a range of studios including The Martha Graham Studio, Alvin Ailey Dance Centre, Peridance Studio, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Centre and the Mark Morris Dance Centre in Brooklyn. Aside from seeing outstanding high quality performances and immersing in various genres of dance training from leading artists in the field, students will also be given the opportunity to visit iconic sights such as Time Square, The Empire State Building, Staten Island and the Statue of Liberty. They will also have time to explore the Brooklyn Bridge, 9/11 Museum, Central Park and 5th Avenue. We will also attend a Gospel Service in Harlem.

The students are getting very excited and working hard to be as fit as possible to cope with the rigours of the tour schedule. We hope the trip will be a safe and memorable experience for all.

Carolyn Obst
Head of Dance