What is our vision in Dance?
We teach the creation, performance, application and appreciation of Dance.
We believe the performing arts are a powerful, unique form of communication, self-expression and social interaction that can change the way students feel, think and act. They bring together intellect, feelings and enables personal reflection and emotional development through creating, recording, performing and appreciating their own and others’ work. As an established part of culture, past and present, Dance helps students understand themselves, communicate and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world.
We aim to provide a curriculum that gives the students an appreciation of a range of dance styles and cultures and its place, exploring Dance History to the present day. Inspiring, exploring and sharing our love of dance, a large number of students study the subject or take part in our varied enrichment and dance performance programmes.
Dance Student Learning Journey
Dance at KS4
This exciting specification enables students to:
- increase their confidence and self-esteem
- employ the skills of problem solving and creativity
- make knowledgeable decisions about dances to communicate effectively with the audience
- understanding effectiveness of working in teams to develop ideas, rehearsals and performances
- develop performance disciplines and styles of dance.
Curriculum Course Assessment Grid
Support for students
There is a google classroom which is used to offer support for students. There are a number of Dance organisations which support Dance, including Dance UK, who have produced a resource bank for dance here.
Extended Learning Opportunities in Dance
Extra-Curricular Dance is extremely popular within the school. After school clubs are available for all year groups from beginners through to advanced dancers offering a range of dance styles. There are opportunities for students to perform throughout the year with Music and Drama students in the whole school production and the Summer Community Festival week.
Further Education & Career Pathways in Dance
With further study or training students can go on to take various pathways into a variety of future careers: ‘A’ Level in Dance or Btech in Performing Arts, Dance choreographer, artist, Dance Science and Dance in Culture further study. Dance Teacher, Leisure and Sports Industry, Professional Dancer, Further Level 3 courses in Dance and Performing Arts.
Useful revision websites
How can parents and carers support learning?
Through encouraging students to watch a variety of genres of Dance, live and pre-recorded.
Encourage students to take part in dance activities where possible, engage in the dance in our culture in all areas of our society.
Marking & Assessment Protocol in Dance
Components 1 and 2 are marked internally but externally moderated. Component 3 is marked externally. There are 4 tasks in response to the set brief, three of these are theory, and one practical. These tasks are completed in response to the practical they have to choreograph and are completed throughout the choreographic process. These tasks are completed under exam conditions using a computer and each has set time requirements.