DANCE 11 - 16


The Hammond’s Lower School Dance curriculum offers between 16 and 19 hours of vocational training per week integrated into the school day alongside our academic timetable. Our training is designed to create dancers that are versatile and adaptable all-round performers who are successful in auditions for further training and carry their training with them when they enter the industry.

Our pupils train in jazz, commercial, tap, modern, contemporary, creative and Pilates as well as vocal training and drama. RAD ballet and tap are both streamed sessions so pupils work at a pace and level that is right for them and are able to make the best progress possible. We have workshops with industry professionals which include contemporary, musical theatre, jazz, commercial and ballet to name a few. 








1st November 2021

Applications Open

You can apply to The Hammond's Lower School Dance course via the link below. If you have any questions, please email:

14th January

Lower School Dance Taster Day

For students considering joining The Hammond's Lower School Dance courses in Years 7 - 10. This is your chance to experience life as a Hammond student, meet staff and students and take classes.

17th January 2022

31st January 2022

7th March 2022

Year 7 & 8 Entry

Audition Dates 

Once you have submitted your application, you will be allocated an initial audition date. You can find out everything that will be required of you at your audition via the link below.

30th January

Boys' Day of Dance

Year on year our Boys' Day of Dance grows, and we're able to bring together male dancers from across the country to experience classes taught by industry professionals and Hammond faculty. 

14th February 

Year 9 & 10 Entry

Audition Date

Once you have submitted your application, you will be allocated an initial audition date. You can find out everything that will be required of you at your audition via the link below.

28th March

Music and Dance Scheme (MDS)

Funding Recall


Students who successfully pass their Hammond audition will then be invited back to audition for one of our MDS funded places. To find out more about the Music and Dance Scheme and what it can mean for you, please visit the page below.

14th - 16th July

The Hammond's

Lower School

Dance Production

The Hammond's incredible end of year Dance show. If you'll be starting in September 2022 or would just love to see our students in action, this is the event for you. Keep an eye on Hammond social media for information on how to get tickets closer to the time. 



As pupils progress into the higher years of lower school training, there is the opportunity to chose a focus of either classical and contemporary or jazz and commercial while still studying all genres of dance within the core timetable. Our Year 10 and 11 pupils receive guidance with how to chose which colleges to audition for while Year 11 participate workshops in audition technique, song and monologue preparation, and weekly audition preparation sessions. RAD ballet vocational syllabus is used alongside our ballet curriculum training as well as the ISTD tap and modern syllabus, and examinations are offered up to Advanced 2.


An example of a typical day for a Year 9 pupil might be: Form time, RAD ballet, break, academics, lunch, academics, commercial, Pilates.


Auditions are held January to March each year with a recall audition for those eligible for MDS funding. Candidates can audition to join The Hammond at Year 7 – 10. Please see the course guidance on this page for further information on auditions. We are a caring and nurturing community at The Hammond and offer great support both in training and pastoral care. We are an extended family community and promote well-being as part of a holistic approach to the development our of pupils.

Post-16 destinations include further training on The Hammond’s Professional Diploma courses, Rambert, Laine, Urdang, Royal Ballet School, and Elmhurst to name a few. We offer a strong classical ballet training as grounding for other dance genres and an opportunity to be able to pursue specialised ballet training at Post-16 level.

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