Top Valley Dance Academy's motto is 'be part of something
special'. This means we all value enthusiasm, team work and above
all, commitment to every performance task we undertake. Each Dance
Academy member knows that what they are part of, is bigger than
just them. It is not about being the best individual dancer, but
about recognising that they are part of a special team of young
people who aspire to collective success, in the many forms that
takes as a performance group.
Top Valley Dance Academy formed in 2005 for students from Year 6
and 7 in Top Valley School and its family of feeder schools.
Initially, there were thirty members. The Dance Academy expanded
twice from 2005 to 2009 to accommodate the need for places. In 2007
a junior section was added to include Year 5 pupils from Top
Valley's main feeder primaries (Rise Park, Stanstead, Robin Hood
and Westglade). Due to demand, further expansion in 2009 added a
primary section, increasing the lower age capacity to Year 4's and
also taking in pupils from more of the areas local primary school
(Henry Whipple, Southglade and Glade Hill).
Dance Academy Assistants
Each Dance Academy has three assistants from the senior groups.
The assistants help with the day to day running of each session,
maintain the stage and backstage area, lead warm ups, make
costumes, mentor students and organise group activities for the
Dance Academy promotes a healthy lifestyle
The Dance Academy helps children become and stay involved in
physical activity. Dance Academy offers an aesthetic activity which
is fun and teaches students principals of fitness and nutrition in
addition to the technical and expressive elements of dance. Dance
Academy actively promotes engagement in a physically active
lifestyle and provides opportunities for academic engagement and
progression to students after their education at Top Valley
Transition through Dance Academy
The Dance Academy is a great vehicle for transition as it brings
together children in years 4/5/6 from local primary schools and
integrates them with current TVA Year 7 students. It gives younger
students the chance to create bonds and friendships before moving
into Top Valley Academy as year 7s.
It familiarises members with facilities and opportunities in Top
Valley Academy and introduces them to teaching staff at an early
stage in their development. This unique opportunity to increase
student personal stability prior to entering a new school
environment is extremely beneficial to the social and emotional
elements of students managing the change from primary to secondary
Participating every week in an activity outside of the classroom
keeps children active, healthy and engaged in Top Valley Academy
life. This contributes to students taking a sense of pride in them
as being part of something so unique and also gives students a
sense of belonging and identity as well as personal pride.