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We were delighted to introduce dance to the KS3 and KS4 curriculumin September 2015.
Benefiting from a new purpose built dance studio, the courseis 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 in preparation for the GCSE course as well as 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 4 Units:

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