Performing Arts

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Radford College offers a diverse range of activities that encompass the areas of drama and dance. These activities encourage students to develop their performance and presentation skills and use them to enhance their studies.

These activities are an essential part of a student's education and help them develop 21st-century skills such as communication, collaboration, critical and creative thinking. Students are able to see the results of their endeavours through an emphasis on the development of skills and learn from these experiences in and out of the classroom.

Radford has extensive and varied drama and dance programs. It offers students a broad choice of activities that connect the curriculum and co-curricular to enhance their education opportunities.

Co-curricular drama

Radford has a variety of opportunities for performers, such as the biennial Musical and the Junior School, Years 7 to 10 and Senior Drama productions. The wide variety of productions allows students of all abilities and styles a chance to develop skills and perform for the community. These productions also provide students interested in technical theatre the chance to develop their skills as part of the production process.

Radford productions are unique in the way students provide the majority of technical support and are also able to be assessed on a tertiary level on their achievement.

Co-curricular dance

The College has a custom-fitted dance studio for the Radford Dance Academy, which offers dance from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 in weekly dance lessons in styles such as ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and contemporary. Students are able to start at any age and develop the skills to perform. Students are also given to opportunity to audition for Performance Groups which take part in a variety of dance competitions in the ACT. The RDA program culminates in an end-of-year concert showcasing the performances of each class.

Radford is a proud member of AUSDance and performs annually in the Dance Festival at Canberra Theatre. There are three groups provided: Years 7 and 8, Years 9 and 10 and a Senior Dance group. As part of the drama and dance philosophy, each of these groups is choreographed by students to make these activities truly student-driven and display the skill and standard possible from our community.