Dance program takes a giant leap with new studio space

Bishop Druitt College has a long and well-recognised tradition of providing outstanding teaching and learning in both Music and Drama, with its Performing Arts Faculty being highly respected and regarded among the performance and school communities of the Coffs Coast.

From 2021, Dance at BDC will continue to evolve, with a set of new pathways being made available for students, including the option to study Dance at HSC level as well as a host of other classroom and Dance Club experiences. 

Photo: Year 11 dance students, Rylee Caruana and Teo Ross with BDC Dance teacher, Hannah Johnson 

To support this development, Bishop Druitt College has constructed two dance studios in a purpose-built facility, expected to be available for students to use from April 2021.

“With access to a professional dance space, BDC students will have endless opportunities to explore dance at school,” says Hannah Johnson, Dance Teacher at Bishop Druitt College. “Students will have access to these state-of-the-art facilities to get the most out of their classroom practice - whether it be performing dance, composing dance, or analysing and responding to dance works.” 

Dance is an integral part of everyday society, and through this art form, the college will provide opportunities for all students to express themselves through the components of performance, composition and appreciation. 

“With the development of our purpose-built dance facilities, I hope to see dance transition to a valued art that enriches our lives throughout all stages,” said Ms Johnson. 

Highly qualified and experienced staff will compliment the courses and facilities and it is expected that Dance will become yet another attraction point for the college.

“I hope that through the college dance program, students develop an understanding of dance and its transformative power to activate positive change in communities. 

“Most importantly, whether students hope to leave as young emerging dance artists or simply improve their fitness and enjoy expression through movement, I hope that they enjoy the process,” says Ms Johnson.  

Scholarships are now open to new and current students who have demonstrated high achievement in Performing Arts and Drama, as well as English, Humanities, Maths, Science, Visual Arts, Textiles and Design, and Sport, and Indigenous students. Applications close 1 April 2021. Apply for Scholarship with a Special Focus.