‘Dance is vital, an activity both exhilarating and liberating to watch or do. The instinct to dance is fundamentally joyous and no mat-ter how hard you try you can’t get away from that for long. It can be also a huge force for good, effectively drawing people together and levelling everyone through sheer hard work. It can speed up your heart rate, it can enliven your being, it can change your life’. Richard Alston CBE 


What’s on? On the 8th January 2015, Miss Bush is organising a trip to Sadler's Wells to watch Matthew Bourne's company 'New Adventures' perform 'Edward Scissorhands’. The trip is open to KS 4 and 5 Dance, Drama and Performing Arts students. Please see Ms Funnell or Miss Bush for more information. There are only 20 places available - pay now to secure your place! 

Preparations are already underway for the KS 5 examination show which will be staged in March 2015. The showcase is based on David Bintley's "Still Life" at the Penguin Cafe', which tells the stories of a variety of different endangered animals and leaves the audience wondering if they survive or not. 

The performance is supported by students from Clacton College of Dance. If you would like to get involved, please join up to the extra-curricular provision we offer within the Dance Department here at the Academy. 

In addition to the KS 5 performance, students in KS 4 will also be showcasing their examination work. They are currently working hard to create a piece inspired by Apartheid. It has been amazing to see all of the students develop their understanding of the law and empathy for those individuals affected by it. 


Clacton College of Dance (CCD) provides an opportunity for current and perspective CCA students to study dance technique and performance skills free of charge through structured after school sessions. Classes are available in a range of dance styles which will focus on improving students’ performance and technical skills. Students will be given the opportunity to take classes, perform on stage, work with other professionals through organised workshops and also watch professional performances through organised trips. Please see the timetable around school or Miss Bush for more information. 

Reminder For all Dance lessons, students are expected to wear an Academy logo top (standard black PE polo top or Clacton College of Dance blue/red T-shirt) and black joggers, leggings or shorts. Academy tops can be purchased from the on-site uniform shop. Ideally students should have bare feet for class; however dance shoes are an alternative but not an essential option. If you are looking to purchase dance shoes, it is suggested that you consult one of the dance teachers to ensure that they will be appropriate. A good place to buy dance wear is from Dance Direct, however there are plenty of other options online. 

If students are not in the correct uniform, they will be sanctioned in accordance with the Academy behaviour policy.