Dance

With a new purpose-built dance studio, the course provides a stimulating and enjoyable classroom and extra-curricular subject, allowing pupils to express themselves across a number of different genres. It enables pupils to become more confident and creative in a safe and social environment while developing knowledge of a variety of professional work.

Key Stage 3
Dance aims to equip pupils with the necessary skills required for the GCSE course as well as to develop performance in a range of dance styles including: Bhangra, Contemporary dance, Hiphop, Lindyhop, Rock N’ Roll and Street dance.
By the end of KS3 students should be confident in:

  • choreographing dances from different forms of stimuli
  • rehearsing and performing as a solo, duet or part of a group
  • analysing and evaluating own and others work
  • being familiar with dance terminology and how it can be utilised in their work

Key Stage 4
At GCSE, we follow the AQA Dance course with a ratio of 80% practical and 20% theory. The course consists of four units:

  • Unit 1 – Critical Appreciation of Dance (20% - 50 marks)
    • A study of two prescribed professional dance pieces (assessment is 1 exam in Year 11)
  • Unit 2 – Set Dance (20% - 20 marks)
    • Replication of a set dance piece demonstrating accurate actions, space and timing
  • Unit 3 – Performance in a Duo/Group dance (20% - 30 marks)
    • Developing ability to choreograph and perform duo/group dance work
  • Unit 4 (a) Solo Composition (15% - 20 marks)
    • Create and structure a dance using clear links to chosen professional work
  • Unit 4 (b) Choreography (25% - 40 marks)
    • Create and structure a solo or group dance developed from a chosen stimulus