Welcome to Dance
We aim to extend technical dance skills through teaching new dance vocabulary, develop choreography skills through individual, group and leadership tasks and improve confidence through performance. We train thinking dancers. We encourage mind, body connectivity to enable students to perform, debate, analyse and write about Dance.
Watching live Professional Dance works are such an important aspect of extending and developing students’ appreciation of Dance. We ensure that there are regular opportunities to become involved in trips and workshops. In Feburary 2016 a group of students traveled to Bradford to see Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty. One of our students, Caitlin Robertson, wrote a review of the performance that you can read by clicking here.
Students have worked with a number of professional dance companies such as Motionhouse, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Rambert Dance Company.
The Dance department has a focus to challenge students’ creativity and to inspire young people to become passionate about dance.
At KS3 students learn the fundamentals of dance performance and choreography with an aim to explore expression and creativity. Students are assessed using National Curriculum levels in Year 8 and have the option to begin Performing Arts GCSE (AQA) in Year 9 which is assessed at the end of Year 10.
GCSE Dance is offered at KS4 and is examined by AQA. The course is broken down 40% practical unit’s 40% choreography and 20% written examination. Students explore the technical and expressive nature of dance. The process of solo and group choreography and analysis and interpretation of dances and own work.
A level dance is offered at KS5 and is also examined by AQA. AS and A2 Dance provides the opportunity to study a wide variety of dance techniques, including Contemporary, Jazz and Ballet. These techniques allow students to understand the physical skills and demands of a dancer.
Choreography is a large area of the course; different approaches to different stimuli and skill-based techniques are studied, giving a firm foundation of movement ideas. At AS the written exam is worth 40%, choreography 20% and Performance work 40% of a total of AS grade. At A2 written examination 25% of total A Level marks and Practical and choreography examination is 25% of total A level marks.
At KS3 there is a dance club for students of all abilities to participate in, offering; Beginners Breakdance, Street Dance and Contemporary Dance and more, weekly in Years 7-9. Students are able to audition to perform in whole school productions. Performing Arts GCSE students are able to showcase their exam work also.
At KS4 and KS5 students who take Dance GCSE and A level have had the opportunity to see a number of pioneering American and British dance companies. Students have viewed a number of Matthew Bourne’s works, various Phoenix Dance Theatre performances, The Alvin Ailey Company, Richard Alston Company and Rambert Dance Company. There is also the opportunity for students to perform in showcase evenings for parents, and to be involved in whole school productions.