Key Stage 3
In Year 7 & 8 students cover a range of different Dance topics to introduce them to the fundamentals of Dance.
In Year 7 students study topics including: Introduction to Dance, Popular Dance through the Decades, School Show and Dance Festival. In Year 8 study: Free running, Bollywood, Bullying: Swansong by Christopher Bruce, Choreography: Falling (using a poetry stimulus) and Dance Festival.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 we offer AQA GCSE Dance. The aim of GCSE Dance is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding of the subject through creating, performing, rehearsing and appraising dance. 60% of the GCSE is through Performance and Choreography and 40% is through a written Dance Appreciation exam.
Students will be required to learn four technically demanding set phrases and will be assessed on two of these through a solo performance; with this students will be assessed on both their physical and technical skills. Students will then develop the remaining two set phrases into a duet/trio performance where they will be assessed on their expressive skills. This will be a minimum of three minutes in duration. Students must also learn how to respond creatively to an externally set stimulus and will choreograph a group dance where they will teach and direct the peers in their group. This will be a minimum of three minutes in length.
Questions for the exam are based on students' knowledge and understanding of their own practice in performance and choreography alongside critical appreciation of 6 professional works from the dance anthology ranging from styles of Street to contemporary.
Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5, we offer a BTEC National Diploma in Dance.
Choreography and performance are at the heart of our course. “Investigating Practitioners Work” helps our students develop analytical skills that are essential when studying Dance at university. “Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance”, “Final Live Performance to an Audience” and “Group Performance Workshop”, are assessed through live performances at internal and external events such as Breakout and Trinity Dance Festival. Through studying “Performing Arts in the Community” and “Individual Performance Commission” our students become our students become confident and mature choreographers, creating work for students in events such as House Performing Arts and for one of the many lower school Dance Companies. The work is then toured to local primary schools. Technique is refined through units on “Jazz Dance” and “Developing Contemporary Dance”. Students will be challenged with Cunningham, Graham, Horton and Release based techniques. Assessment for this course is predominantly practical and students will need to collect evidence of their work for a portfolio.
This will include film and photographs of technique lessons, research, programmes from shows visited, etc. Students will also be set essays, research tasks and presentations. There will also be externally assessed units and this will be through practical work, portfolios and examinations.