Dance is a creative and physically demanding performance art in which to empower, enthuse and educate our students.
We value team work and energy and believe that students flourish in an environment of high expectation and encouragement.
The emphasis is placed on creativity throughout all years as part of the PE curriculum activities in year 7-9 and with AQA GCSE Dance as an option in years 10-11. Students are taught to develop their own presentations and find professionalism in their performances which develops team work and innovative movement ideas.
We are fortunate to have a dedicated Dance Studio with fully sprung floor and mirrors which aid individual rehearsal and contact work. We hold public performances twice a year in our Assembly Hall which is transformed into an excellent dance performance space with individualised lighting for each dance and tiered seating for our audience, to showcase student work and skills. All students who wish to participate can do so and we regularly have 50-60 participants. Each performance highlights the inventiveness of dance and develops confidence in public presentations. In class we regularly film students to allow them to personally assess their performance progress.
Students study a variety of professional dance works to broaden their knowledge of dance styles. Cross-curricular projects in year 7 & 8 support participation and responses to different stimuli.
The Dance Department runs an extra-curricular programme at lunchtimes which includes dance clubs for students in Key Stage 3 supported by year 12 students, and additional rehearsals for students in year 10 & 11 for performance and choreographic work.
We encourage all students to view professional dance performances and organise trips to see dance companies perform live. Previous theatre visits include Ballet Boyz, Swan Lake with New Adventures in Motion Pictures, Richard Alston and West Side Story.
Our curriculum teaches students to create, perform and view dances leading to an appreciation of dance as art.