Scholar to train as professional dancer

Headington School’s first Dance Scholar has lived up to her fledgling promise after receiving an unconditional offer to a prestigious dance school.

Meghan, in U6, was offered an unconditional place to train as a professional dancer at the world-renowned Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Meghan became Headington’s first dance scholar in 2015 when she was in U4. At this time Meghan was training in traditional Irish Dance and was already performing all over the country. She was introduced to Contemporary Dance at Headington with the launch of the School’s new first-class facilities including a dance studio with sprung floor and dedicated Dance Department.

Meghan quickly showed talent in Contemporary, as well as Irish and Ballet, and auditioned for the Centre of Advanced Training (CAT scheme) in Swindon, successfully gaining a place. The combination of classes at school, GCSE Dance and work at the Centre of Advanced Training provided Meghan with an excellent training programme. In 2019 Meghan auditioned for the National Youth Dance Company and gained a place as a company dancer. Through this programme Meghan has worked with a variety of top choreographers and practitioners as well as gaining insight into the variety of dance career options.

Meghan has performed in all five Mind, Body and Soul dance productions and is an inspiration to her peers, offering to share her skills and lead workshops for other dancers.

Dance Teacher Mrs Amy Earp said: “It’s such an amazing achievement for Meghan but also for Headington, as she was the School’s first ever dance scholar and is now going on to train as a professional dancer.”

Well done Meghan.