The Dance Department continues to enjoy great success within the school achieveing 100% pass rate at both KS4 & KS5 examinations. Our main aim is to achieve the highest possible standards for all pupils providing an enjoyable, interesting and challenging learning experiences. We are a strong team, each member of the Department making their own contributions and demonstrating individual strengths.

Staffing and Responsibilities

  • Miss Lowe – Head of Dance
  • Mrs Paddock –  Teacher of Dance, Assistant head
  • Mrs Harris – Teacher of Dance, Head of Year 11
  • Miss Smith – Teacher of Dance, Assistant head

Assessment:

KS3 – assessment will be termly performances, documentation exercises, and self and peer assessment tasks • KS4 – Students will produce a skills audit, rehearsal logs, CV’s and reflection documentation. Students will be assessed in performances, and carry out an exam style audition. Students will continuously be assessed via practical workshops. • KS5 – Students will perform all work to an audience, whilst being continually assessed via rehearsal logs, coursework pack, practical workshops, and essay style evaluations.

Homework:

KS3 – Students will be given an array of home tasks from rehearsal to written homework. • KS4 & 5 – Students will be expected to rehearse Dance sequence and practice technical exercises to develop physicality and movement memory. Students will be given research tasks, written assignments and coursework to complete for homework and fulfill Btec criteria.

Skills are gained for the future: Students will gain the following skills:

  • Dance Skills
  • Choreography Techniques
  • Teamwork
  • Creative Thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Performance skills
  • Rehearsal Skills
  • Confidence
  • Making dead lines
  • Setting dead lines
  • Lighting and sound skills
  • Putting on a performance
  • Set design
  • Costume design
  • Music technology
  • Stage make up.

Performances:• Dance Show – The annual dance show is always a sell-out. Showcasing students work from class and afterschool clubs. This will be performed at the The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham (Date TBC).  Students from KS3 will be invited to perform in the show alongside KS4 & KS5 students who will be performing for assessment purposes.

In KS3 Dance students will explore a range of Dance styles and techniques, providing a broad and balanced curriculum that inspires and promotes creativity.

Students will become confident in choreography, performance and evaluation using a range of skills within exciting topics such as superheroes, counter-balance and gangsters.

In KS4 Dance students study the Level 2 BTEC First Award in Performing Arts (Dance). In this course students will build on Dance Skills, primarily in contemporary, Jazz and Street.

In Year 1 students will develop dance techniques, choreography skills and performance practice within each style.

In Year 2 students will develop their understanding on the elements required to prepare, produce and perform in a show. Students will also prepare two contrasting audition pieces, and perform these as an exam. Gaining a greater grasp on the vocational side of this industry. Throughout the course students will produce rehearsal logs, documenting their learning, and understand the importance of a skills audit. • Unit 1 – Individual Showcase • Unit 2 – Preparation, Production and Performance • Unit 3 – Dancing Skills

In KS5 students will complete the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma Dance.  Students will be pushed further in technique and choreography studying a range of choreographers and styles. They will study a selection of units throughout the course e.g:

  • Urban Dance
  • Jazz Dance
  • Performing Dance
  • Ballet Technique
  • Choreographic Principles
  • Performing to an Audience
  • World Dance
  • Contemporary Technique