Teachers: Miss F Phillips, Miss D Tanner
Dance is a valuable part of a student’s curriculum. Through years 7-13 they can gain more knowledge and understanding of the professional world of Performing Arts and extend their understanding of dance technique. The physical activity promotes healthy lifestyle and well-being and many important life skills are acquired in study including creative thinking, determination, confidence and self-esteem.
Key Stage 3:
In Year 7 Students are given an introduction to Dance and the popular styles within the subject. Styles include Bollywood, Irish, Street, Ballet/lyrical, contemporary and jazz. References to different cultures enable them to understand why different countries have a specific and unique dance style. In Years 8 and 9, contemporary dance is studied more in depth and the use of contact work is introduced. Musical Theatre, a Christmas piece, popular dance and creative choreography units of work are also present in both years. Technique is consistent throughout all Key Stage 3 lessons as it is the most important factor in becoming a successful performer.
Key Stage 4:
Exam Board: AQA Topics covered Choreography, Performance and Technique, Written paper and Set Dance
Assessment: Carried out by external examination for the written paper and Set Dance units. Both Choreography and Performance and Technique units are moderated in March.
Key Stage 5:
Exam Board: AQA Topics covered: Performance and Technique, Choreography, Professional work and Contextual areas of study.
Assessment: Year 12 practical work is moderated and students also have a written paper. Year 13 work is externally examined.
Dance provides many extra-curricular activities which seek to foster imagination and creativity, promoting personal, social, spiritual, moral and cultural development. There are 2 extra-curricular clubs for Keys Stage 3 and a fitness class available for Year 12 and 13. Various high profile performances are produced throughout the year, in order for students to gain as much large audience performance exposure as possible. Venues have included, Silverstone for ‘Formula one’, Twickenham for ‘Aviva Premiership Final’ and at The Millennium Stadium for ‘Opening Ceremony of the Rugby League World Cup.’ All students have an opportunity to take part in these activities and we encourage them to perform in at least one.