Dancers from across the GDST family of 25 schools spent the day at the world-famous Pineapple Studios and find out what life is like as a dance professional

178 girls met in Covent Garden to take part in workshops taught by successful industry professionals who have choreographed for stars such as Beyoncé and Dua Lipa, and worked on TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and the X Factor. Girls took part in musical theatre, ballet, hip hop, commercial street, lyrical jazz and contemporary dance workshops and quizzed choreographers in a Q&A session about life as a dancer. Esme from Newcastle High School for Girls was crowned Elite Dancer of the Day after performing a solo contemporary showcase.

Kira Bishop, who organises the GDST’s Day of Dance, said:  “Having taught at Pineapple Studios for more than a decade and at Putney High School for 14 years, I started Day of Dance to bring these two threads together. I wanted to provide elite dancers within the GDST a chance to immerse themselves in a professional dance space where they will be taught by current dance professionals. The experience is a total game changer from a dance class in a school hall and I hope it encourages these pupils to go on and pursue a career in dance.”

Alexis Williamson-Jones, GDST Consultant Teacher for Sport said: “The experience the girls gained
from the Day of Dance was invaluable and  we accomplished our aim of inspiring the next generation
of dancers to believe that there are no limits to what they can achieve in dance.”

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