- 28/11/11 - Strode College's new Dance Studio Springs into Action
Strode College's new dance and exercise studio was officially opened this week with students demonstrating the versatility of the space and the specially sprung floor by performing dance, judo and exercise classes to an audience of invited guests.
The sprung floor in the 120 square metre studio is ideal for dance, high impact exercises and martial arts as it helps avoid injury to muscles and joints. The studio can also be transformed into a high quality performance space seating up to 50 people.
The new studio is already being used by Strode students for dance classes and enrichment activities and in the evenings it is open to the public for a range of exercise classes including Zumba, Body Balance, Body Combat and Yoga.
The official opening, which highlighted the versatility of the new studio, began with a high energy demonstration by the Street Judo Club. This was followed by two dynamic pieces of choreography created and performed by the Strode College AS Dance students and a demonstration of a Body Balance class led by a Strode College fitness instructor. The audience of Local Councillors, College Governors, construction contractors, local school representatives and College staff were very impressed by the performances and the venue.
Shirley Theedom, Deputy Principal of Strode College, said: "The new studio is a fantastic contemporary space for learning, performing and exercising. It enhances and extends our existing performance and sports facilities so that we can continue to achieve our aim of providing the best possible learning environment for our students.
"Students on our dance, drama and music courses are already benefitting, as are those who enjoy our enrichment clubs and activities. People from the local community can also benefit by joining one of our exercise classes or a class run by a local club. The community groups currently using the dance studio are Street Judo Club and Mid-Somerset Shotokan Karate & Kickboxing Club Shotkan Karate Club.
Photo: Strode Fitness Instructor Dom Flitton and dance students demonstrate a Body Balance class in the College's new dance and exercise studio.