Dance is a powerful and expressive subject which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity, whatever their previous experience in the subject. Students will study a range of dance styles and style fusions through choreography, performance and appreciation. Dance research has proven to increase memory recall, cognitive function and the ability to focus which can be transferred across other subjects.
Mrs K Barker
Miss N Ryan
Head of Dance
Dance Teacher (Maternity Cover)
Students have access to a fully furbished dance studio fitted with sprung floor, mirrored walls and ballet barré. The studio is equipped with a wide screen computer, and laptops are available to develop learning in theory aspects of the course.
Year 7 Curriculum
Year 7 students will participate in one/two units of dance within the PE curriculum during a carousel of sports activities throughout the year. The unit(s) of work will explore an 'Introduction to Dance' skills in which students will learn how to create motifs and choreography. They will also study 'Lindy Hop & Hoedown' dance styles as they develop their physical and performance skills.
Year 8 Curriculum
Students will continue to build on skills they have learnt the previous year through a further unit(s) of work. They will challenge students to be creative through working in larger groups and by exploring a variety of choreography tasks through 'Street Dance' and through Musicals 'Throughout the Eras'.
Year 9 Curriculum
In this year students will study 'Contemporary Dance' preparing them for GCSE dance studies. They will analyse famous dance works studying the choreographic intent, stimuli and production features. Furthermore, students will explore different 'Cultures' of dance to broaden their knowledge of dance styles through creating and performing their own work.
Set out below are three core areas of dance: performance, choreography and appreciation.
Component 1: Performance and choreography 60%
For performance students must learn set phrases through a solo performance and a duet/trio performance. For solo or group choreography students must create using a set stimulus.
Component 2: Dance appreciation 40%
For dance appreciation students will gain knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills. Have a critical appreciation of their own work and professional works.
GCSE Dance specification:
The sixth form dance course is a BTEC Level 3 extended certificate in Performing Arts (dance). It is equivalent to 1-Alevel. 4 units in total mixing practical and theory. 1- Investigating Practitioners Work. 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance. 3 – Group Performance Workshop and 12 – Contemporary Dance Technique. This course will provide students with performance and critical analysis skills in dance working them towards a career in the industry. The majority of assessments will take place during the school dance show in April.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate Performing Arts (Dance):
There are ranges of enrichment sessions that run at after school.
Dance Company (dance captains)
Year 11 GCSE intervention
dance club, open for all ages to attend.
The studio is available at breaks and lunch times to be used for independent rehearsal time
Students can receive one-to-one after school sessions to work on their GCSE and Level 3 BTEC exam work. Additional revision classes are available for all students before they sit GCSE and BTEC Level 3 examinations. The school offers many internal and external workshops and trips along with an annual dance show for all students to be a part of.
Quote from Head of Department
Thanks to Dance…
“I’ve stopped saying “I can’t do that” and started saying “I will be able to do that, just give me the time to practice!”