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RSA Performing Arts Newsletter

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It’s been a crazy, hectic and frighteningly busy few weeks back! But fear not though, we have managed to thrash together another Performing Arts newsletter reflecting on the “goings on” in the faculty during the last summer term.

Massive congratulations to all of our examination students who have achieved some of our best ever results and keeping us firmly at the top of the county in terms of results overall. Well done everybody involved….. together we are keeping creativity alive and kicking.

Please download the latest copy here sep-2016-rsa-perf-arts-newsletter

We’ve had to keep the issue shorter this time (8 pages) due to a short fall in sponsorship. A massive “thank you” goes to the Market Harborough and Bowdens Charity who are supporting us this year as we search for a more permanent sponsor for the newsletter.

A huge “thank you” too to former student Ava Forbes who has given us hours of her time in compiling this edition.


RSA Dance Showcase Sixteen

Dance show poster

Tuesday 12th April sees our annual Dance show return. The evening is called ‘Showcase Sixteen!’ and will feature GCSE and Arts Award solo and group dances throughout the programme. The RSA Dance Company will also be performing their piece “Yan Tu-In a State of Motion” which they performed at Leicesters Curve theatre as part of the Mass Movement.

Tickets are available from Student Services at £3:50 and £2.50 and perhaps on the door.

Come along and see our amazing dancers performing! It promises to be an evening to remember.

RSA at Mass movement 2016



The RSA Dance Company were selected from audition to perform at the regional youth dance event Mass Movement 2016 taking place in a public performance at Curve Theatre on February 7th. The event is organised by U Dance and Dance4 to recognise and celebrate dancers from across the country. The RSA Dance Company performed their piece ‘Yan Tu-In a State of Motion’. The inspiration for the piece was to explore the idea of motion being as continuous as breathing but with short punctuations of stillness. The duet work explored the ceaseless and fluid action of the breath and the music emphasised the dynamic moments of stillness. Taylor Burton, our Year 13 music student created a beautiful and original piece of music for the company to work with and it inspired us to create some amazing work.

The company shared the stage with Curve Dance Company, Studio 79, Addict Dance, Melton College and Leicester College amongst others, so it was a real achievement for our academy to be chosen to perform for the show. The students attended the theatre at 10am on Sunday 7th and took part in two workshops with Jen Manderson a Contemporary choreographer and Gareth Woodward who specialises in urban dance. The afternoon was spent performing in a dress rehearsal where each company had the chance to watch each other and see the high standard of dance before the 7.30pm evening performance. The event was attended by over 450 audience members and the students had a really positive experience from taking part. Here is what some of the company members thought:

“It was amazing, I loved performing our dance” Charlie Tatman

“What a fantastic day, it was so much fun” Alice Benstead

“What a great way to spend a Sunday, dancing all day” Lottie Edwards

All of the students did an amazing job, so congratulations and well done to them all!!!

Here’s a video of the performance…..

And some photos of rehearsals in RSA Main Hall……

.In rehearsal

RSA Dance Co in rehersals

RSA Dance Company performing at Mass Movement!

Congratulations to RSA Dance Company

The RSA Dance Company has been selected to perform by UDance in Mass Movement 2016. This is a regional showcase of performers who have to audition to a panel of professionals artists who then choose the best companies to perform.


This is a fantastic achievement for Robert Smyth dancers as we are only one of two state schools to have been selected out of ten places. We will be performing alongside Studio 79 and Curve Dance Company!

Mass Movement is on Sunday 7th Feb at 7.30pm and tickets are currently available from the Box office at Curve theatre here.


This is the routine that they will be performing!