The dance department here at Perryfields strive to build a creative, collaborative environment where pupils can build on their dance knowledge. We provide opportunities to explore a wide variety of performance platforms across all years; such as dance shows, theatre trips and working with professional practitioners.  Our main aim is to achieve the highest possible standards for all pupils and providing an enjoyable, interesting and challenging learning experiences in our recently built, state of the art dance studio. 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 & Senior Assistant Head Teacher
  • Mrs Harris Teacher of Dance & PE,  Year 7 Pastoral Achievement Leader
  • Miss Thompson Teacher of Dance & PE, Assistant Head Teacher


KS3 – Dance is delivered through PE during KS3 over a 6-week cycle. Both boys and girls groups will experience dance within their PE curriculum in KS3. They will be assessed on their dance skills at the end of their 6 week period.

KS4 – During KS4 pupils can opt to complete an additional BTEC in dance alongside their other GCSE options. As part of the assessment for this course, pupils will be required to complete both theoretical and practical coursework and assessments.

  • 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 and Extra-curricular dance:

We have an extensive extracurricular timetable within the dance department. We over after school clubs which are open to all years as well as open rehearsals and lunchtime clubs in our new dance studio. We create two dance shows per year – One held at the Stourbridge Town Hall and a student showcase, which is held here at Perryfields. We also offer a wide variety of performance trips to the theatre as well as performance opportunities in competitions and festivals.

In KS3 Dance is delivered as part of the PE curriculum. 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 a variety of performances. The dances they create are often incorporated into our annual dance show at Stourbridge Town Hall.

In KS4 Dance, students study the Level 2 BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts (Dance Pathway). In this course, students will build on Dance Skills, primarily in contemporary, Jazz and Street and develop an understanding of the professional dance industry.

In Year 1 students will research into three practitioners to learn all about the processes and responsibilities of a dance practitioner. We often watch live performances and where possible, work with the practitioners.

In Year 2 students will develop dance techniques, choreography skills and performance practice and apply these to a professional dance piece. They will also review their development of these skills to see the progress they have made.