ECAP Performing Arts
ECAP Performing Arts offers a wide range of after-school student activities designed to enhance and extend the ISH curriculum through a diverse programme where special talents and interests can be nurtured.
Our school mission statement details a commitment to provide a complete educational experience for students, one which not only encourages academic excellence but also recognises the importance of a holistic approach in attaining our students’ full potential. As such, students are actively encouraged to engage themselves in extra-curricular activities.
- School Musicals - Secondary School
- Spring Play - Secondary School
- Tech Crew - Secondary School
- Stage/Set Design Team - Secondary School
- Drama Club - Junior School
- Dance and Ballet - Junior School
- Hip Hop Dance - Junior School
- Irish Dance - Junior School
The school musical is the highlight of the secondary school Performing Arts year. Students engage in vocal, dance and theatrical training geared toward the production of a musical which performs four performances in November. Participation in this activity is subject to audition, which is held in the first weeks of the school year.
The Spring Play is the secondary school Performing Arts departments’ semester two large production. Performances take place in March where students display theatrical skills learnt and developed throughout rehearsals. Participation in this activity is subject to an audition, which is held in the first weeks after the winter break.
The Tech Crew is open to students with an interest in the technology and technical aspects of sound, lighting, sets and backstage management associated with running musicals, plays, assemblies, concerts, and any large school events. Commitment times can and will be in lunch breaks, class time, and after school hours (ie. Evenings).
Prior knowledge is not a requirement as students will be taught how to use the equipment and learn on the job.
This activity is approved for IB students looking to meet their CAS requirements in the Diploma Programme and MYP students looking to meet their Service requirements.
Open to students in secondary school with an interest and creative capacity in designing and building sets and props for large-scale productions. Students work with and under the direction of the musical and spring play production director(s) to achieve the desired scenery for the productions through the drafting of stage designs, making or sourcing props and creating and building theatrical spaces.
The Junior Drama Club lets its sprouting thespians explore their imagination through Drama and Theatre. Students in grades 3 to 5 are welcome to enrol to participate in engaging activities, such as creative drama, storybook theatre, improvisation, character development, readers' theatre, and script reading. Participants also work on their vocal projection, stage presence, and confidence, all while improving their social skills as they work with other members as one ensemble.
ISH offers various dance courses including Primary Dance, Classical Ballet, Jazz Dance and Tap Dance. These courses are taught by Ms. Lucy Costelloe. Lucy has worked for touring casts and theatre productions such as Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dirty Dancing, Cats, Hairspray, Crazy For You and Dance of the Vampires and although she now focuses more on teaching and choreography, Lucy can still be found on stage at various events during the year. She teaches at all the top musical schools in Hamburg, she is a judge on the panel for the annual Austrian Show Dance Union competitions, and is currently running an Event Enterprise providing live Entertainment for private and corporate events throughout Europe.
Lucy is dedicated to the improvement of dance teaching standards in Germany and has coached hundreds of students to fulfil their aspirations of becoming professional performers, many of whom can be found on the large musical theatre stages of Europe.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Lucy directly by email at email@example.com.
- Dance Courses
- Levels and age group guide lines
- Recommended uniform
- Where to buy the dance kit
- ECAP dance schedule
Jazz dance is a more performance based dance subject. Children can train a modern/contemporary technique, whilst incorporating a variety of different music genres and styles; Hip-hop/street dance, Latin Fusion, Musical Theatre, etc. This fun, high energy dance subject is a great way to stay fit and healthy, whilst developing the character and personality necessary for the stage.
Below is a list of the guidelines for age groups among the dance levels. Dance needs to be taught according to ability rather than age and the decision as to who belongs in which level rests ultimately with the dance teacher; more experienced students may be grouped higher, whilst beginners may be grouped lower; however we try to keep the children in their age/class groups where possible. You are advised to sign up your child according to the age guidelines listed here, and then communicate directly with the teacher about adjusting levels if necessary. The teacher will contact you if it is felt your child is in the wrong learning level.
PRIMARY DANCE (Primary1-Primary2)
BALLET 1 (Primary3-G2)
BALLET 2 (G3+)
JAZZ 1 (G1-G2)
JAZZ 2 (G3-G4)
JAZZ 3 (G5 +)
TAP 1 (Primary3-G2)
TAP 2 (G3-G4)
TAP 3 (G5+ or for very experienced tappers)
Hair should be tied up out of the face, preferably in a neat bun for ballet, and a pony tail for jazz and tap. Short hair may need a clip or head band.
We have a colour code for each class:
. Primary Dance Pink for girls, black/navy blue & white for boys
. Ballet 1 Pale blue for girls, black/navy blue & white for boys
. Ballet 2 Black for girls, black/navy blue & white for boys
. Jazz & Tap Black & white for girls and boys
PRIMARY DANCE & BALLET
- Leotard - Black/navy blue shorts or dance pants
Primary Dance, pink - White tank-top, T-shirt, or leotard
Ballet 1, pale blue - White/black ballet socks (matching shoes)
Ballet 2, black - White/black ballet shoes (matching socks)
- Ballet skirt
Matching the colour of the leotard
- Pink ballet socks or pink ballet tights
- Pink ballet shoes with elastics (no ribbons)
JAZZ & TAP
Girls and Boys
Black or white tank-top, T-shirt or leotard
Black shorts or dance pants
For Jazz - black jazz shoes
For Tap - black tap shoes with toe and heel taps attached
The dance teacher, Lucy Costelloe, usually makes a bulk order of dance clothes several times a year. She will send you pictures and prices of the products she can get hold of and let you know when she plans to place an order. If you would like to order dance clothes through her, please send an email to her directly at the address printed below. Alternatively, you can buy everything in Hamburg from one of two dance shops, or you may want to find cheaper options online.
The dance shops in Hamburg are:
Neue ABC Str. 10 / Ecke Valentinskamp
. Dance Affairs
Dance lessons at ISH are offered to students from Primary1 to Grade 8.
Please note that the grade levels stated for each dance activity are for general guidance only. Students with more experience in a particular dance style may be promoted to an older group at the teacher's discretion.
The ECAP hip hop dance class is open to the Junior School boys and girls in Grades 2 and 3. This class covers a combination of old school hip hop such as locking, popping and new school hip hop with improvised choreography to suit the age group. It allows students to explore the world of street dance and learn a few routines from various styles. The high-energy class will also encourage students to step up by bringing their own individual styles and personality to the movements.
We invite girls and boys from grades one to five to try Irish Dance! Our aim is to deliver a lively and fun introduction to Irish music and dance. Susanne is a fully qualified Irish Dance teacher (TCRG) and has been taught by members of Riverdance, won multiple European titles and performed all around Europe as a professional dancer.
In Susanne’s class children will learn traditional Irish Dance with a focus on rhythm, coordination, musicality and movement. They will quickly experience a sense of achievement and the enjoyment of working as a team and most of all, have lots and lots of fun!