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Dance

Introduction

Dance is a very popular subject not only within the curriculum but after school where a substantial amount of students from Year 7-13 come to learn, practice and choreograph dances. Throughout the Key Stages students learn a wide range of dance styles and develop not only their performance skills but also learn how to create and appreciate dance. We display all of the Students' hard work and enthusiasm during the Annual Dance show which is over 3 nights in February.

PACE – Years 7 & 8 

What will I study?

Students in Years 7 and 8 experience a range of dance styles such as a friendship gestural dance, rock and roll and lindy hop. Students are encouraged not only to develop their physical and analytical skills but also to express themselves within a safe working environment.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed on their technical, expressive and choreographic skills in a final performance at the end of the unit. They will also be assessed on their analytical skills through peer and self-assessments during the unit.

Key Stage 4 – Years 9, 10 & 11 

What will I study?

GCSE Dance is 60% practical and 40% theory.

Practical units consist of:

• Performance:

  • A solo performance of set phrases which are a series of one minute phrases set by the examination board.
  • Duet / Trio performance which is taught by the teacher.

• Choreography:

A solo or group choreography which is created by you based on a stimulus.

Theory unit consists of:

  • Critical appreciation of six professional dance works.
  • Critical appreciation of your own work.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the choreographic process and performing skills.

The course will mainly follow the contemporary and jazz disciplines of dance.

What skills will I develop?

Year 9 will focus on developing technical skills and learning about the choreographic process. Throughout the year you will study performance pieces in the styles of jazz and contemporary. You will also learn how to choreograph a group dance. Theory work will include safety in dance and learning how to analyse your own and others dance work.

Year 10 focuses on developing your practical ability and choreographic skills by taking part in mock assessments. You will also learn the set phrases and a performance piece in preparation for Year 11. Theory work includes analysing professional dance works.

Year 11 focuses on the solo/group choreography and refining all practical tasks ready for examination. Theory work includes analysis of the remaining professional dance works before looking at series of past papers ready for the final written examination.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout Years 9,10 and 11 all practical and theory units are assessed though an end of unit assessment.

In Year 11 the practical elements are internally marked and externally moderated by an examiner in March/ April. The written exam is a 1 hour 30 minute paper in June 2018.

Key Stage 5

What will I study?

In Key Stage 5 students will study the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts – Dance.  Four units are studied over the 2 years and are a mixture of internal and external assessments.

First year:

  • Unit 1 Investigating Practitioners’ work. 
  • Unit 2 Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance.

Second Year:

  • Unit 3 Group Performance Workshop.
  • Unit 12 Contemporary Dance Technique.

Alongside this you will lead afterschool clubs in local primary schools to gain the Dance Leaders Award.

What skills will I develop?

First Year

  • Unit 1 involves researching and writing about the contextual features of a practitioner, critically analysing their work and writing a piece of extending writing demonstrating understanding of how the practitioners have communicated a theme.
  • Unit 2 will involve you participating in regular contemporary dance workshops, classes and exercises to help you acquire, practise and develop the necessary technical, practical and interpretative performance skills to help you succeed when performing live to an audience. You will perform your group exam piece based on a practitioner in the Annual Dance Show. You will also have to log your development and progress continually through a blog and finally present your understanding of the role of a practitioner though a power point presentation.

Second Year

  • In unit 3 you will learn how to respond to a given stimulus as part of a group, using research, discussion and practical exploration to develop performance material and later present an informal presentation of the work to an invited audience. As a member of a team you will contribute to the creative development and rehearsal process, shaping and refining the work and applying performance and teamwork skills.
  • In unit 12 you will be participating in regular contemporary dance workshops based on particular practitioners, classes and exercises to help you acquire, practise and develop the necessary technical, practical and interpretative performance skills to help you succeed when performing live to an audience. You will perform your group exam piece based on a practitioner in the Annual Dance Show. You will also learn about these practitioners in theory lessons and how they shaped contemporary dance.
How will I be assessed?
  • Unit 1 Investigating Practitioners’ work is externally assessed through a 2000 word written essay and bibliography during a 3 hour period.
  • Unit 2 Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance is internally assessed through analysis of technical and expressive skills of technique exercises through a blog and learning repertoire from a profession work. The final performance of one dance is assessed in the annual dance show.  It is also assessed though the research, presentation and delivery of the life of a dancer.
  • Unit 3 Group Performance Workshop is externally assessed through a digital process log of milestones and digital recordings of the final performance to an audience.
  • Unit 12 Contemporary Dance technique is internally assessed through analysis of technical and expressive skills of technique exercises through a blog and learning a dance choreographed by the teacher. It is also assessed through an detailed an comprehensive essay based on practitioners who have influenced contemporary dance.
Further Information

Dance Clubs

The new timetable for dance clubs are released every September from Years 7-11.

All clubs run from 2.45 - 3.45pm in the Dance Studio and you will need a full PE or dance kit to take part.

All afterschool and classwork dances are showcased in the Annual Dance Show.  Check out photographs from the dance show here.

Further Information for BTEC and GCSE Courses

GCSE subject information can be found here.
BTEC subject information can be found here.