Dance

Key Stage 3

Programme of Study

We run a diverse and exciting programme of study within the dance department and students will develop skills not only in performance but in life skills such as teamwork and confidence.

Over the two years, the students will study the following:

  • Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker!
  • Musical Theatre
  • Chance Dance
  • Prop Dances
  • Bollywood
  • Parkour
  • Flash Mobs

Learning/Teaching Approach

Throughout KS3 students will develop the following physical skills in Dance:

  • Posture
  • Alignment
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Control
  • Flexibility
  • Mobility
  • Strength
  • Stamina
  • Extension
  • Isolation

..the following expressive skills:

  • Projection
  • Focus
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Facial Expression
  • Phrasing
  • Musicality
  • Communication of choreographic intent

...and technical skills such as:

  • Relationship content (e.g. formations, lead and follow, contact action and reaction, accumulation)
  • Action Content (eg travel, turn, elevation, gesture, stillness, use of different body parts, floor work, transfer of weight)
  • Dynamic Content (eg fast/slow, sudden/sustained, acceleration/deceleration, strong/light, direct/indirect, flowing/abrupt)
  • Spatial Content (eg pathways, levels, directions, size of movement, patterns, spatial design)
  • Timing Content
  • Movement in a stylistically accurate way

...and choreographic skills such as, motif and development, unison, canon, retrograde, instrumentation

Assessment

Students will be assessed in a range of skills:
Assessment will be by live performance work, homework tasks and evaluation of own and others skills.

Key Stage 4

Qualification

GCSE

Exam Board and Syllabus

AQA 8236

Programme of Study

The aims of the course are to develop the individual's knowledge, understanding and skills of Dance, through performance, composition and appreciation of their own and other people's work, including that of professionals.

More teaching hours will be allocated to practical lessons than theory lessons in a fortnight.

Learning/Teaching Approach

Students will develop their dance skills both in and outside the studio environment with visiting Dance artists and professional workshops. As an integral part of the course, students will enjoy Dance by continuing to perform to live audiences throughout the year and attending theatre performances for regular inspiration.

Assessment

The assessment process is divided into two components;

  • Component one: Performance and Choreography
  • Component two: Dance Appreciation.

Students must complete both assessment components.

  • Component one:
    • Performance
      • 30% of GCSE
      • 40 marks (15 marks for set phrases and 25 marks for duet/trio performance)
    • Choreography
      • 30% of GCSE
      • 40 marks
    • Total component = 60%
  • Component two:
    • Dance Appreciation
      Students will be marked on knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills, critical appreciation of own and professional works.
      • 40% of GCSE
      • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (80 marks)

What it leads to

Dance is a growing area of the Arts and Media. This course will give you the essential skills to lead others with confidence.

Studying disciplines of Dance allows students the opportunity to explore and employ skills of problem solving and creativity whilst increasing levels of fitness and self-esteem.

Additional Points

This course will appeal to girls with a genuine interest in Dance. Students who currently take Dance as an option enjoy being in a vibrant, energetic and creative subject where they gain real independence in their work. They also take pleasure in experimenting with new choreographic ideas, performing and training in a range of styles and techniques.

External activities

Pineapple Dance Studios, West End and local theatre performances, Essex projects, Royal Opera House, English National Ballet workshops.

Tier of Entry

Single Tier.