In the recent school holidays, 28 dance and drama students and four teachers set off for a once-in-a-lifetime two-week trip to New York and Los Angeles. We were lucky enough to take part in many dance and drama workshops at highly acclaimed studios such as Millennium Dance Complex, Broadway Dance Centre, Edge Performing Arts Centre, Lee Strasburg Theatre & Film Institute, Stella Adler Academy of Acting and The Roundabout Theatre Company. These workshops were highly rewarding experiences that we will remember for the rest of our lives, and apply into our school work and possible future endeavours.
In addition to extending our knowledge and skills in dance and drama, we also had an amazing time exploring sights such as The Empire State Building, Rockefeller Centre, Times Square, Central Park, The Highline, Brooklyn Bridge, The Statue of Liberty, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Disneyland, Santa Monica Pier, and even got to experience the 4th of July in America with a trip to the Dodger Stadium to see the LA Dodgers baseball game and fireworks!
Whilst in New York, we also had the opportunity to see two Tony Award nominated/winning musicals on Broadway, Something Rotten! and An American in Paris. We were fortunate enough to learn dance choreography and acting tips from members of each cast. Both of these musicals were incredibly entertaining and definitely inspired us in our own works.
Of course, this trip would not have been possible without the four teachers who came with us – Ms Mercer, Mrs Hunter, Miss Neou and Miss Lee. Without them this trip would not have been possible, and would not have been as amazing as it was. It is definitely safe to say that we will all remember this trip for the rest of our lives, and will remember the great memories and friends we have made.
Maddy Bowman 11G and Calia O’Rourke 11B
Photo above: CGGS students taking in a class with a Rockette where they learnt the famous 'kickline'.