Dance

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 valuable 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. A strong emphasis is placed upon the students ability to work in groups, problem solve and communicate accordingly.

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?

Developing Foundational Dance Skills

Students will learn about Safe Dance Practice and 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.

Exploring Different Dance Styles From 1920’s – 2000’s

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.

Contemporary Dance Study: The Nutcracker by Matthew Bourne

Students will study the British choreographer Matthew Bourne and his famous professional work ‘The Nutcracker’. Within this scheme. Students will learn repertoire from the production with a focus on accuracy and performance skills. They will also consider the different constituent features; such as costume, set and lighting in preparation for study at KS4.

Developing Foundational Cheerleading Skills

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.

Choreography based on Topical Sporting Events

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, the Fifa World Cup and Wimbledon.

What type of homework will be set?

Students may be asked to complete a range of homework tasks including; research, 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 appreciation of their own work and that of others. Their effort and contribution will also be assessed. An assessment point will be carried out once a half term. Students will receive an age related expectation grade of either above standard, meeting standards or below. This level will be based upon a number of different expectations which link 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?

Developing Choreography from Different Stimuli

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!

Exploring Musical Theatre Dance

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.

Exploring Commercial Dance Styles

Students will participate in weekly workshops exploring the different disciplines from Urban Dance; such as, Commercial, Waacking, Hip Hop, Voguing etc. A specific focus will be placed upon students performing the different styles with the correct stylistic features. Students will also explore contextual information for each style with a focus on the identification of key political/social links.

Contemporary Dance Study: Five Soldiers by Rosie Kay

Students will study the British choreographer Rosie Kay and her famous professional work ‘5 Soldiers’. Within this scheme, Students will learn repertoire from the production with a focus on accuracy and performance skills. They will also explore the choreographic process and take part in a number of creative opportunities. They will also consider the different constituent features; such as costume, set and lighting in preparation for study at KS4.

Exploring Different Dance Styles 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, 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 appreciation of their own work and that of others. Their effort and contribution will also be assessed. An assessment point will be carried out once a half term. Students will receive an age related expectation grade of either above standard, meeting standards or below. This level will be based upon a number of different expectations which link 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

Year 9

What will my child learn about in DANCE this year?

Developing Dance Technique – Workshops in Different Styles of Dance

For the first term in year 9, students will participate in technique classes to develop both technical and interpretive skills. They will develop their use of choreography devices by replicating teacher led choreography and exploring and developing their own. Students will use stimulus, and a variety of more complex choreographic devices such as Accumulation, Contrast, and Fragmentation. Throughout this scheme, students will also be tasked with learning a variety of different styles such as; Contemporary, Street, Jazz, Musical Theatre etc. This will build students’ knowledge and understanding of the key stylistic features of each.

Creating and Performing Choreography at an External Event

In this Scheme of Learning, students will work collaboratively as a dance company to create a 3 and a half minute dance piece. Students will use the skills gained within ‘Developing Dance Skills’ to learn repertoire from the teacher and choreograph key sections of the routine. Students will then attend a dance festival in the second term to perform their final product.

Exploring roles and responsibilities

Throughout this unit, students will explore the roles and responsibilities of a choreographer within the professional workplace. They will undertake research and participate in workshops to inform their overall ideas. From here, students will then put together a presentation which will serve as part of their Component 1 Assessment. During this Scheme of Work, students will also visit Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds City Centre to have an immersive experience of life as a professional dancer and choreographer.

Year 10

What will my child learn about in DANCE this year?

L1/2 BTEC Technical Award in Performing Arts (Dance)

‘Component 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts’

Students will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioner’s work and the processes used to create performance. Students will explore 3 different professional pieces of work in contrasting styles and research the choreographer for each. Students will draw upon knowledge in KS3 to discuss the constituent features, choreographic devices and communication of theme for each of the pieces and will create a research portfolio to present their findings. Students will also visit a professional dance studio and consider the roles and responsibilities of both a dancer and choreographer within the working world.

Component 1 Exploring the Performing Arts: Emancipation of Expressionism

Emancipation of Expressionism is an 11 minute piece of Hip Hop dance theatre, from Olivier award winning company Bo Blue Entertainment. Emancipation of Expressionism is ground-breaking as for the first time in UK mainstream education hip-hop is included alongside its contemporary peers; each section is a scene, a moment in life and the whole work is a journey. Kenrick uses structured freestyle, which invites specialist dancers to create their own movement, in relation to the vision of the piece.

Component 1 Exploring the Performing Arts: 5 Soldiers

5 SOLDIERS is a moving, dramatic and unique work that looks at how the human body remains essential to war, even in the 21st century.

A visceral ‘tour de force’ of the senses, 5 SOLDIERS provides an intimate view of the training that prepares soldiers for the sheer physicality of combat, for the possibility of injury, and the impact conflict has on the bodies and minds of everyone it reaches. The piece has a powerful physicality, moments of humour and is full of honesty, all inspired by input from serving and former soldiers.

Component 1 Exploring the Performing Arts: Fosse!

Students will explore a variety of infamous pieces created by Bob Fosse. Students will explore his work from Sweet Charity, Cabaret and The Pyjama Game. One of the most influential men in jazz dance history, Bob Fosse created a unique dance style that is practiced in dance studios throughout the world. Fosse’s unique jazz dance style was stylish, specific and easily recognized. Three of his dance trademarks included turned-in knees, sideways shuffling, and rolled shoulders.

Component 3 Responding to a Brief: Mock Examination.

After the completion of Component 1, students will conduct a mock examination in the style of Component 3. This examination will be structured using the same external brief that is provided for the year 11 cohort. Students will be given slightly more time to explore the brief within year 10, so that skills development can also take place alongside the creation of their final performance workshop.

Year 11

What will my child learn about in DANCE this year?

Component 2 Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts.

Students will develop their Dance skills and techniques through the reproduction of dance repertoire. Students will participate in teacher led workshops to develop technical and expressive skills in a chosen discipline. This includes to development of Stamina, flexibility, accuracy, facial expressions, extension, projection etc. Students will then be tasked with replicating a minimum of two minutes of professional repertoire before performing to an audience. Throughout the process, students will need to keep a detailed log of their strengths and weaknesses throughout the topic.

‘Component 3 – Performing to a Brief’

Students 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. This component builds upon knowledge, understanding and skills acquired and developed in the previous two units. They will apply these skills creatively into a workshop performance. Students will be responsible for capturing their ideas on planning, development and effectiveness of the performance process in a written log and an evaluation report.

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?

The vast majority of possible career paths will require you to communicate effectively with others, lead and manage groups of people and think creatively; all skills which are developed through the dance curriculum.

Studying Dance opens up a lot of career prospects. Potential careers in the arts industry include the following:

Teacher

Choreographer

Professional Dance Performer

Dance Movement Therapist

Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer

The possibilities are endless!