Richard Taunton Scoops National Dance Award!

17th July 2017

Exciting news! We have scooped one of the most coveted Rock Challenge awards of the year, Best Choreography. Not only did our Dance Company come away as winners of the 2017 UK Rock Challenge Southern Open Final, which secured them a place in next year’s Premier Division, but they also managed to outshine 195 schools and colleges across the UK with their creative and striking choreography! This is the third year that we have received this type of national recognition, previous awards included Best Concept and Best Costume.

This ends an amazingly successful year for ‘Forbidden Hope’, our performance piece, which was inspired by the iconic image of the unknown person in front of the row of army tanks from the Tiananmen Square protests in China in 1989. The dance tells the story of the peaceful protesters who get caught up in the violence of the Tiananmen Square massacre.  ‘Forbidden Hope’ won the Southampton heat and also the Southern Open Final and was praised by the judges who described it as ‘very professional, dramatic and poetic’.

Lisa Fernandez Adams, Head of Performing Arts and Dance Teacher, has played a key role in building the college’s reputation on the Rock Challenge circuit and in getting the college to the Southern Open Finals year on year since 2013.

Lisa says, “We are so proud of our 70 strong team of dancers and crew for fully embracing one of our most popular enrichment activities at college. This year we have worked incredibly hard to showcase the talent of our students and to win the award for best choreography is extremely flattering! When working on the choreography with our students, my top priority is to ensure that we clearly communicate our chosen story and create a dance piece that is original, innovative and that challenges our dancers to develop their performance skills. We are thrilled to be recognised each year for our continued drive for excellence in the field of Performing Arts.”

Principal, Alice Wrighton, says, “I’m thrilled! This award offers yet more proof of the exceptionally high quality of our Performing Arts provision.  Our students outperform others in national competitions but most importantly of all, they progress on to specialist academies and become successful professionals.  I’m very proud of our talented students and our very dedicated team of Performing Arts teachers who have supported and developed them throughout”.

We will shortly start working on our 2018 entry for Rock Challenge Premier Division!