Dance

Dance has a wide range of physical and mental health benefits for students including: increased fitness levels, stronger bones and muscles and reduced stress levels.

The benefit of dance is not only that of increased exercise, but the participation in an art form, which is routed in technique, and giving the opportunity for a creative outlet.

The skills developed in dance can also be valuable, transferable skills that can be applied to any career path. The confidence gained through participation in dance helps to build social skills, increase self-esteem and the ability to communicate well within a group.

Through dance study, pupils learn about the body in action and how to train safely and effectively. They also learn about the different historical and social contexts surrounding dance as an art form.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

What will my child learn about in DANCE this year?

‘Everybody Dance Now!’
Students will learn about Safe Dance Practice.

Students will learn about the four basic elements in relation to dance: Action, Space, Dynamics, and Relationships.

Students will also learn about simple Choreographic Devices and ways of creating dance work.

‘Dance Through the Decades’
Students will explore a variety of different dance styles, from the 1920’s Charleston, to the ‘Swinging Sixties!’ Students will learn contextual information relating to each decade and the stylistic features.

‘Still Life at the Penguin Café’
Students will study this work based on endangered species and choreographed by David Bintley.

Each week, students will focus on the characteristics of different animals from the work including: the Texas Kangaroo Rat, Zebra and Flea.

‘Bring it On!’
Students will learn fundamental cheerleading skills including key arm actions, jumps and basic tumbling.

Students will also explore choreographic devices through the discipline of cheerleading, with a focus on use of space including levels/formations, and unison/canon.

‘A Sporting Chance’
Students will take inspiration from and use a wide range of different sporting actions to choreograph their own dance. This Scheme of Learning is completed in the Summer Term and is often linked to topical sporting events such as the Olympics and the Fifa World Cup.

What type of homework will be set?
Students may be asked to complete a range of homework tasks including; research into various professional companies, practical rehearsals, choreography tasks, skills audits, and self/peer-evaluations.

How will my child be assessed in DANCE?
Students are assessed continually by their teacher in the areas of performance, choreography and evaluating their own work and that of others. Their effort and contribution will also be assessed. An assessment point will be carried out once a term. Students received a summative grade which sums up the level that they are working at. This level will be a numerical grade (1-9) which links directly to the criteria for BTEC and GCSE Dance. This information will be written into the student planner.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?
Visit the theatre.  Watch dance online or at the cinema.

Discuss performance work with students; analyse and evaluate work. Help students to remember key vocabulary learnt in lessons.

Discuss the way in which performances will be realised on stage.

Key Stage 3

Year 8

What will my child learn about in DANCE this year?

‘A Starting Point’
Students will develop their knowledge of how to choreograph a dance in relation to a stimulus. Stimuli used will range from a piece of text such as ‘Alice in Wonderland’, a speech for example Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have Dream’ and many more!

‘Lights, Camera, Action!’
In this Scheme of Learning, students will develop their knowledge of the Musical Theatre genre of dance. They will explore a variety of different musicals such as: ‘Matilda’, ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Hairspray’. This will culminate in a workshop based on the annual school production.

’The Bourne Identity’
Students will study the British choreographer Matthew Bourne and his works including: ‘Nutcracker’, ‘Edward Scissorhands’ and ‘Swan Lake.’

Students will explore the features of Contemporary and Theatrical Dance and analyse key themes and the subject matter of each work

‘Bring it On… Again!’
Students will visit the skills they developed in Year 7, and will learn many more! The will include more complex cheerleading arms actions, jumps and dance sequences, in addition to the introduction of stunts!

‘Dance from Around the World!’
Students will learn about dance from a wide range of different countries and cultures. Styles of dance students will learn about include: African, Bollywood, Capoeira and many more!

What type of homework will be set?
Students may be asked to complete a range of homework tasks including; research into various professional companies, practical rehearsals, mini choreography tasks skills audits and self/peer-evaluations.

How will my child be assessed in DANCE?
Students are assessed continually by their teacher in the areas of performance, choreography and evaluating their own work and that of others. Their effort and contribution will also be assessed. An assessment point will be carried out once a term. Students receive a summative grade which sums up the level that they are working at. This level will be a numerical grade (1-9) which links directly to the criteria for BTEC and GCSE Dance. This information will be written into the student planner.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?
Visit the theatre. Watch dance online or at the cinema.

Discuss performance work with students; analyse and evaluate work. Help students to remember key vocabulary learnt in lessons.

Discuss the way in which performances will be realised on stage.

Key Stage 4

What will my child learn in DANCE?

L1/2 BTEC: First Award: Performing Arts: Dance (Yr11)

Unit 4: Dance Skills
This unit will focus on developing students’ skills in a variety of difference dance styles, thus developing their versatility as a performer. There will be a strong focus on contemporary dance technique and students will learn set movements and phrases taught by their teacher. Students will develop their technical and interpretive dance skills within two contrasting styles including: Contemporary, Urban, Disco and Jazz. The unit will culminate in a final performance to an audience, where they can show off their newly found skills.

Unit 2: Preparation, Performance and Production
This unit will focus on students’ ability to work as part of a professional production company. Students will take on a performance role, in addition to production role such as a choreographer, set designer or make-up artist etc. Students will explore, develop and shape ideas for the performance. They will also take part in the preparations for the performance and ensure that everything is ready for opening night! This might include attending rehearsal, production meetings, making sessions and get-ins and fit-ups.

Unit 1: Individual Showcase
This unit will focus on preparing students to work in the professional dance industry. Students will be given a fictional job advertisement in response to which they will have to write a letter of application and they will need to outline their skills, knowledge and experience in relation to dance. Students will also be required to choreograph two dance audition pieces in contrasting styles. First impressions matter, so it is crucial that students are able to recognise and promote their skills with confidence and clarity.

L1/2 BTEC Technical Award in Performing Arts (Dance) (Year 10 and Year 9)

Component 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts
Learners will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioner’s work and the processes used to create performance.

Component 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
Learners will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of dance repertoire.

Component 3 – Performing to a Brief
Learners will be given the opportunity to work as part of a group to create a workshop performance in response to a given brief and stimulus.

 

What type of homework will be set?
Students will be asked to complete a range of practical and theoretical homework tasks.

Students will be required to complete research projects into different dance companies, practitioners and their professional bodies of work. They will also be asked to research the historical and social context surrounding different styles of dance.

Students will be required to research the different job roles of people within a production company including: Artistic Director, Choreographer, Costume Designer, Set Designer and Front of House.

Students may be occasionally be required to rehearse choreography they have learnt in lessons, in their own time.

How will my child be assessed in DANCE?

Students will study a wide range of different dance styles including: Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Jazz. They will be assessed on their ability to demonstrate appropriate technical and interpretive skills when working in each style.

Students’ will work as part of a fictional dance company to produce a piece to be performed to an audience. They will be assessed on their ability to work collaboratively, in addition to their final performance.

Students’ will be assessed on their ability to choreograph their own dances in relation to different stimuli and/or in different styles of dance.

What can my child move onto with DANCE?
Studying Dance opens up a lot of career prospects. Potential careers include the following:

  • Teacher
  • Choreographer
  • Professional Dance Performer
  • Dance Movement Therapist
  • Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer

The possibilities are endless! The vast majority of possible career paths will require you to communicate effectively with others, lead and manage groups of people and use your skills in performance and choreography.