Year 1 & 2 BTEC National Performing Arts students were treated to a workshop by performers from West End show STOMP on the 30th April.
The workshop, which lasted the whole day, incorporated ‘the building blocks of rhythm and music making using everyday objects’ and introduced the students to various body rhythms and ‘grooves’ by isolating parts of their body to make different noises.
Instructors and STOMP performers Ollie Turner and Nass Jackson took the students through various simple hand rhythms and clap battles, then onto using implements such as basketballs to make noise before choreographing some mini-performances with the students.
After the workshop, Ollie said: “Nass and I both really enjoyed the day and the students were great – brilliant ideas, great energy and up-for-it attitudes throughout.”
Combat came to Nescot on the 7th May as Stage Combat instructor Dan Pearson took the 2nd year BTEC National Performing Arts students through a full day’s workshop. The students were taught to slap, kick, punch and strangle each other by Dan as he demonstrated the illusion of physical fighting without causing harm to the performer. The student’s learned how to add realism to stage fighting manoeuvres and enjoyed the chance to do battle in class.