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Bannerman High School Dance Academy Application

Course Outline

Bannerman High School is delighted to announce its 7th year of our specialist dance course through its Dance Academy programme. The course will allow young people to marry their dance education with their normal school curriculum through specialist training in conjunction with West College Scotland.

The Dance Academy programme is designed to give young boys and girls the opportunity to specialise in dance and use it as the medium to develop confident individuals who will be well equipped to go on to further education in dance.

The Dance Academy will allow young people to build strong technique in a wide range of dance styles through their participation in both Scottish Qualification Awards and Royal Academy of Dance qualifications. They will work towards Higher National Certificate (HNC) by the end of S6 giving them the platform to progress on to further education or employment within the dance industry. This year two of our first ever Dance Academy cohort have successfully gained places to train at further education colleges and will go straight in at HND level having completed their HNC with us. 

The Dance Academy will essentially be a 6 year programme with entry through audition in primary 7, taking a total of 20-25 pupils on to the course. The young people would be required to pass exams at the end S2 and again in S4 to progress on to the next phase within the programme and to maintain high standards and motivation levels throughout.

We would like to invite parents/carers along with your son/daughter to our online open evening on Tuesday 4th May at 5:00pm. This will be an opportunity to find out more about the structure and content of the Dance Academy programme.  To attend please sign up online via the QR code on the application. 

All applicants will who apply on or before Thursday 27th May will be considered and no previous dance training is necessary. The deadline for applications is Thursday 27th May.

Application forms can be downloaded via the link below.

Applications can be emailed to:

Placing Requests –Please note if you are applying from out with the school’s catchment area you will need to apply for a placing request. A place in the Dance Academy will not guarantee your position in the school therefore we would recommend applying for this prior to auditions.

See video footage of plié exercise below.  Music for this is Open Arms by Nate Fifield.