Dance at Wycombe covers a wide range of styles, including Ballet, Pointe Work, Tap, Modern and Street. Girls are able to take lessons and, where available, to work towards examinations in their chosen discipline. There are occasional workshops run by dance companies, plus visits from leaders in the field, such as Deborah Bull CBE, Creative Director at the Royal Opera House and former prima ballerina of the Royal Ballet. There are also opportunities to choreograph and perform dance pieces; UIV have the chance to display their dancing and choreography talent in the annual Dance Competition, and girls of all years are encouraged to enter the School Choregraphy Competition. There are several categories including Junior and Senior solo and duet and groups. The winners of the UIV Dance Competition and selected winners from the Choreography Competition perform their pieces at Highlights. Each year, Highlights showcases the best of Wycombe's dancing talents from Junior House to Clarence, in a production that gets bigger and more spectacular every year. Wycombe Abbey also takes part in Energize, a dance extravaganza performed at the Wycombe Swan which includes performances from many of the local schools.


One of the most popular extracurricular activities, Ballet lessons take place throughout the day in the mirrored dance studio. Girls can take RAD exams and more experienced dancers can follow the ISTD courses. Ballet work is showcased in the annual Highlights show and theatre trips and workshops with companies such as Ballet Rambert and Northern Ballet are regular events in the Wycombe Abbey diary.

Modern Dance

This course appeals to girls with a genuine passion and interest in Dance. Girls follow the ISTD syllabus and have weekly lesson in the mirrored dance studio.

Tap Dancing

Tap lessons take place once a week with girls working toward ISTD exams and preparing for Highlights. Beginners and more experienced ‘tappers' are always welcome.

Street Dance

Street Dance is an extremely popular dance style at Wycombe Abbey. Street Dance itself can take many forms such as traditional, commercial and freestyle - all of these variations are explored and utilised at Wycombe. The Street Dance company appoints a Captain each year who auditions a large number of girls. The chosen performers train weekly to choreograph and produce an exciting and edgey routine. This Street Dance routine is performed in the Spring term at Highlights.


UIV Dance Competition