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Welcome to the Dance Department Page

Department Staff

Miss L Melia Head of Department
Miss S Marks Dance Teacher


In the Dance department we want all young people to become:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • confident individuals who are able to perform to an audience and are resilient to challenge.
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
  • Young people who are open minded and are able to create, analyse and reflect on their own and others.

The Importance of Dance

Dance develops pupils’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of performance opportunities, clubs and performances that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of the academy. A high-quality Dance curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many genres of Dance. They develop a wide range of skills in choreography, technique and the ability to perform works from a wide selection of Professional companies and styles. Additionally to the practical element of the course students develop their analytical skills through analysis and evaluation of their own and other’s work. Students are encourage to interpret, form opinions and plan for their own progress. Students become more open minded, well rounded and confident individuals. Dance helps pupils develop personally and socially. They work as individuals and in groups, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including choreographer, performer and technical practitioner. Through the range of experiences that Dance offers, they learn how to be effective in creative and challenging situations.

Key Processes

These are the essential skills and processes in Dance that pupils need to learn to make progress. Pupils will be taught and assessed on the following:

  • Performing challenging set works demonstrating accuracy of action, space, timing and dynamics.
  • Selecting and applying a range of motif developments to develop set works.
  • Choreographing group and solo works using a range of stimuli.
  • Analysing and interpreting own and other’s work including works by professional companies.
  • To demonstrate safe working practice through practical work.
  • Performance and use of expressive skills.

Key processes are taught through a range of activities throughout different year groups (see course details below).

Extra-Curricular Clubs

The Dance department offer a rich and varied Dance extra-curricular. This includes mixed year group Dance clubs in a range of dance styles such as Contemporary, Street, Jazz and Ballet. We also offer choreography clubs to encourage students choreographic skills. A long side clubs we also have performing Dance Companies in both Street and Contemporary Dance. The Dance department seek to provide students with as many performance opportunities as possible which include a range of dance festivals, school performances and professional dance opportunities. We also host an annual Dance Showcase at the school.

Year 7

Students learn through Tanztheater which is a mixed arts approach to dance.  Using Drama and Music themes as well as Dance to develop their physical and choreographic skills as well as develop their appreciation of professional works and interdisciplinary projects.

Year 9

In year 9 students who opt to participate in Dance will be exposed to the set professional works from the GCSE anthology through a practical experience. In this year they will continue to develop their technical and physical capabilities through learning professional repertoire from a range of dance genres. They will further develop their abilities to choreograph and develop dance through a range of choreographic skills and themes.

Year 10 and 11 GCSE

Students who take GCSE Dance will continue to develop their understanding of choreography, performance and technique through both theory and practical assessment. The AQA GCSE Dance is divided into two components;

Component 1: Practical studies 60% of overall GCSE (coursework)

  • Performance and physicality- Student learn 2 set phrases .set by the exam board.
  • Performance and expressive skills- Students learn and develop a duet/trio in a style/genre of their choice.
  • Choreography- Students choreograph a solo or group piece to a stimulus chosen by the exam board. 

Component 2: Theory studies 40% of overall GCSE (Examination)

  • Students learn about six professional works from the GCSE Dance anthology. The six professional works are from a selection of different genres and a range of stimuli. Students are encouraged to interpret works using their understanding of the physical setting, costume, aural setting and action conten. In this component students are also expected to reflect on their own practice.

Year 12 and 13 A Level

Students who wish to continue their Dance studies in the Sixth Form can opt for A Level Dance. This two year linear course continues to develop key skills and concepts developed through lower school.

Component 1: Performance and choreography 80 marks 50% of A Level

  • Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner within an area of study 
  • Performance in a quartet 
  • Group choreography 

Component 2: Critical engagement 100 marks 50% of A Level

  • Assessment of knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works.  One compulsory set work within the compulsory area of study 
  • One optional set work within the corresponding area of study, from a choice of four. Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes