Dance is an exciting, creative and dynamic art form that enables our students to express themselves, gain confidence and build a versatile range of techniques. The knowledge, ability and enthusiasm of the teachers are a key factor influencing the artistic growth of the students in a safe, fun and productive environment.
Dance Teacher: Mrs S Townsley
Dance Teacher: Miss H Barratt
The dance department has a large dance studio, fully equipped with speakers, mirrors, a sprung floor, an interactive whiteboard and air conditioning.
Dance is an expressive art form, it helps shape a person’s sense of identity, personally, culturally and socially. It draws upon leadership skills, teamwork, discipline, determination, time management, critical thinking and problem solving.
Learning in, through and about dance enables children and young people to:
- Be creative and express themselves in different ways.
- Experience enjoyment and contribute to other people’s enjoyment through creative and expressive work.
- Develop important skills, both those specific to dance and those which are transferable, including literacy and numeracy.
- Develop an appreciation of aesthetic and cultural values, identities and ideas and, for some, prepare for advanced learning and future careers by building foundations for excellence in dance.
Key Stage 3
Dance club is offered twice a week for all year groups in the Academy, but particularly for year 7 and 8 who may want to choose Dance as an option in Year 9. Dance club teaches the basics of performance and choreographing, giving students the opportunity to create their own work. There is an excellent mixture of students at the afterschool and lunchtime clubs; with older Dance students taking on leadership roles, working closely and helping the younger students refine their skills. The pupils are also encouraged to take part in our annual Dance and Gymnastic show that has a variety of performances from our Dance course and work created at Dance club. This is a fantastic showcase of our talented students and is growing in size every year!
Students focus on establishing and improving their dance skills. They will study a variety of genres such as Jazz, Contemporary and Street Dance; building the foundations for each discipline. Within this year key underpinning of technique and performance skills are learnt in order to prepare pupils for the assessments of the Tech award.
Pupils complete BTEC Level 2 Tech award in Performing Arts (Dance).
Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts
Pupils are taught how to examine and explore professional practitioners’ performance work, concentrating on Jazz, Contemporary and Street Dance. Pupils will focus on the processes and skills used within each piece of work, deepening their understanding of how performance work is devised and created.
Component 2: Developing skills and techniques in the Performing Arts
Pupils will focus on the development and application of skills, such as practical and interpretative, within rehearsal and performance. This component offers reflective practice through the development of skills and techniques that allow learners to respond to feedback and identify areas for improvement using relevant presentation techniques, such as a logbook.
Component 3: Performing to a Brief
This is an externally assessed component requiring learners to apply performance skills and techniques in response to a brief and stimulus, developing a group workshop performance for a selected audience. Pupils demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole qualification.
Level 3 BTEC extended certificate in Performing Arts (Dance)
Key Stage 5
Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ work
Pupils will study the contextual factors that have influenced and informed the work of various performing arts Practitioners’. Developing an understanding of features, such as response to a theme, performance styles, genre and purpose. This unit gives pupils skills in research, critical analysis and extended writing
Unit 2: Developing skills and techniques for live performance
Pupils participate in regular workshops, classes and exercises where they acquire, practise and develop the necessary technical, practical and interpretative performance skills to help them succeed when performing live to an audience. They will learn an existing piece of choreography from a professional practitioner with ongoing review and evaluation, this will allow pupils to monitor their progress and set targets for the development of their performance skills.
Unit 3: Group performance workshop
In this unit, pupils 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 performance of the work to an invited audience. As a member of a team, pupils will contribute to the creative development and rehearsal process, shaping and refining the work and applying performance and teamwork skills. Pupils will share responsibility for creative decisions regarding the nature and direction of the intended performance. Pupils will reflect on the development process, considering the success and potential of the work for further development, as well as evaluating their own contribution to the process and the product.
This unit will give pupils the opportunity to choose the principle they would like to study from a variety of options; such as, Jazz dance technique, Street dance technique or Contemporary dance technique.