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The Dance Department is a enthusiastic team dedicated to developing creativity through movement; our curriculum is designed to equip pupils with all of the skills they will need to both succeed at GCSE, A Level and beyond. Pupils will develop skills through performance, composition and appreciation.  

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 pupils receive one lesson a fortnight and they learn basic technical skills for warm up and movement. Pupils will develop their choreography skills and performance skills in all lessons. Through watching professional works and peers pupils will develop their ability to appreciate works and highlight where choreographic skills have been used and set targets for improvement. Throughout the key stage pupils will access varied styles and be able to use props in the choreography.

Key Stage 4

Pupils will follow either the GCSE Dance course or the BTEC Performing Arts Technical course

Pupils will be assessed in three core units: Performance, Choreography and Dance appreciation.

GCSE Dance – Course work will be internally marked and externally moderated
For Performance pupils will learn four set phrases, two phrases will be assessed as a solo performance and the remaining two will be adapted into a Duet/Trio performance.
- Set phrases performed as a solo (approximately one minute in duration).
- Duet/trio performance (which is between three and five minutes in duration)(30% of final grade).
For choreography pupils will receive a choice of exam questions and will choreograph either a solo or group dance. (30% of final grade).

Component 2 - Written paper (40%) 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Pupils will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills. The questions will be based on their own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology.



Pearson - BTEC Performing Arts Technical award
There are three components that make up this course, each involving theory and practical elements.
Component 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts
Pupils will develop knowledge and understanding of a range of performance styles. Looking specifically at roles, responsibilities within a dance company and the application of relevant skills and techniques. Pupils will study three different practitioners, their approach to choreography, how they create material and what influences their material.

Component 2 –Developing skills and techniques in the performing arts
Pupils will take part in workshops and classes developing their performance skills both technical, and Interpretative. Pupils will apply relevant skills and techniques in order to reproduce a dance piece based on existing repertoire linked to a named practitioner. Throughout the rehearsal process and final performance pupils will constructively review their progress and suggest areas for improvements.

Component 3 – Response to a brief
In exam format pupils will be given a brief that outlines the performance requirements and asks them to consider a target audience. In groups pupils will use the given stimulus in the brief to start a creative process. Presentation of developed ideas will be given during workshop performances applying skills and techniques to communicate your creative intentions to your audience.
 

Key stage 5

At key stage 5 pupils will study the AQA specification in A level Dance this follows two components:


Component 1: Performance and choreography will be assessed via a practical exam and is worth 50% of the A level
• Pupils will be assessed performing a solo dance based on a specified practitioner listed within an area of study.
• Pupils will also perform as part of a quartet and be assessed purely on their performance and style with a selected area of study.
• In the second year pupils will receive a choreography exam paper and will choreograph a Group dance based on one set question.
Component 2: Written exam lasting two hours and thirty minutes and is worth 50% of the A level.

This paper assesses the knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of professional works from the named practitioners: 
Pupils will study in detail one compulsory set work within the compulsory area of study – (Rooster by Christopher Bruce within the context of Rambert Dance Company). And an optional set work within the corresponding area of study.– (Singing in the Rain – Gene Kelly within the context of American Jazz.) as well as other supporting choreographers within the genre and style.
The paper has two sections:
Section A: short answer questions (25 marks) and one essay question (25 marks) on the compulsory set work/area of study.
Section B: two essay questions on the second set work/area of study (25 marks for each essay).

 

Staff

Mrs E Dobson - Department Leader of Dance
Mrs Moore – Teacher of Dance and Drama – Head of Year 9
Mrs Oakley - Teacher of Dance and Drama
Miss Gard – Teacher of Dance and Steps to success.