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
|Head of Dance|
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 unit of dance within the PE curriculum during a carousel of sports activities throughout the year. The unit of work will explore how to create motifs and choreography as well as develop their physical and performance skills through different styles of dance.
Year 8 Curriculum
Students will continue to build on skills they have learnt the previous year through a further unit of work. This unit will challenge students to be creative through working in larger groups and by exploring a variety of choreography tasks leading into GCSE dance 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.
The sixth form dance course is a BTEC level 3 90 credit subsidiary diploma. Students study nine different units across two years in which they create, perform and appreciate a variety of dance styles for camera and for live performances. Students are assessed on physical skills and performance skills through different stylistic qualities both in class and assessments. Students are also marked on their commitment to the course and their final assessments. The majority of assessments will take place during the school dance show in April.
There are ranges of enrichment sessions that run at after school.
Tuesdays - Dance Company (dance captains)
Wednesdays - Year 11 GCSE intervention
Thursdays - 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!”