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Dance is a vibrant and thriving subject within the Junior School curriculum and is taught by a specialist dance teacher. It is taught once a week in Reception—Year 4 as a single subject and through Performing Arts in Years 5—6.

The emphasis in dance is to develop pupils’ self-confidence, creative and imaginative physical and thinking skills and an understanding and appreciation of dance as an art form. It is designed to engage boys and girls, through an exciting and fun array of dance styles and techniques, to develop their creative movement ideas and enhance their confidence when performing in front of others. Dance throughout the Junior School is underpinned by the three elements of dance: choreography, performance and appreciation. 

The highlight for many dance enthusiasts is the biennial dance show which takes place at the Arlington Arts Theatre.  This lively and exciting event celebrates the dancing achievements of pupils from Year 3 upwards and provides an opportunity for Junior School pupils to experience the thrill of a live performance in a professional venue.

Dance is taught in a specialist dance studio with a fully sprung professional dance floor and large mirrors.


Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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