We are a Department for Education Special Entry Dance School. Enrolment in this program is via a selection process that involves application, audition and interview. A copy of the Special Entry Dance brochure can be viewed here. Students who live out of zone are able to attend Golden Grove High School through admission to our Special Entry Dance program. An extensive Arts pathway throughout Years 8-12 is an important part of this program. The special entry Dance students undertake two full lines of Dance in Years 8 and 9 for the whole year.
Once students attain senior school, they have a far wider selection of subjects available to them, including other arts offerings.
The middle school dance curriculum includes:
- Core Technique: Modern, Classical
- Core Extension: Composition, Conditioning
- Elective Technique: Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre
- Theatre Skills: Singing, Acting, Performance
- Theory: Safe Dance Practices, Dance History, Stagecraft, Dance Appreciation, Anatomy, Nutrition.
Drama is very well supported by students at the school. Those year eight students who select Drama are then exposed to both the historical and practical elements. These skill areas build in intensity throughout their senior years and culminate in a major production component in Years 10, 11 and 12. The 2016 class, for example, performed 'Kindertransport', based on the Jewish experience in WW2.
Students are also able to see a wide range of productions which are brought into the school and to view performances by the State Theatre Company and through the wealth of festivals available in Adelaide each year.
We run very successful school productions on a biennial basis for students in years 10 and 11. Students with any interest in any of the arts type areas, both on-stage and off-stage are encouraged to participate and each production aims to utilise the talents available. Sparkling dance routines, on-stage bands, quirky scripts and zany characters are to be expected when you come along to one of our productions.
Arts Around the World
Our music program is a rich one. Students at Year 8 level select one or more instruments and are assisted by Instrumental Branch musicians. Students from year level bands and ensembles are given the opportunity to perform at assemblies and the annual winter concert as well as for local primary schools. The Golden High School stage band attends various competitions.