Head of Department: Mrs H Brogdan


The study of dance as an art form contributes to students’ aesthetic and social development. As a physical activity it promotes fitness and well being. Dance also supports learning across a range of subjects.

As performers, students develop confidence and self-esteem. They develop self and body awareness as well as sensitivity to others and team-working skills. Effective performance requires physical effort and the determination to succeed and improve. As choreographers, students employ the skills of problem solving and creativity. Effective choreography requires imagination and the ability to synthesise a number of elements. In directing others, students develop their interpersonal and communication skills. As critics, students make informed decisions about the dances they see. They articulate their knowledge, opinions and preferences. Viewing professional dances fulfills students’ cultural entitlement and broadens their artistic experience.

Key Stage 3

In year 7 and 8, Dance is taught within the PE curriculum where each girl is allocated a 6-week block of dance. In year 7, the time is used to build basic skills in choreography and sequence work. In year 8 these skills are further developed and students study and appreciate a professional work, analysing and creating movement based on them.

Year 9 students can opt for dance in year 9 where they are allocated 4 lessons a fortnight. The internally designed course prepares students to take the GCSE Dance Course and assessment runs in-line with the expectations of the GCSE.

  Year 7 Foundations of Dance

  Year 8 - Nutcracker SOW

Key Stage 4

We currently offer GCSE level dance at KS4 and follow the AQA specification. Dance focuses on aesthetic and artistic qualities and the use of movement to express and communicate ideas and concepts through the interrelate processes of performance, choreography and critical appreciation.

For the GCSE award the focus is on:

  • Composition
  • Solo or group choreography
  • Performance
  • Group performance
  • Analysis of choreography within professional repertoire

  Year 9 Scheme of Work

  Year 10 Scheme of Work

  Year 11 Scheme of Work

We currently offer A ‘Level dance in the sixth form and follow the AQA specification. Studying A ‘Level Dance provides a suitable foundation for study in higher education and for employment.

For the Advanced Subsidiary award the focus is on:

  • Solo choreography
  • Performance of own choreography
  • Performance within a duo/trio
  • Training, technique, health and safety of the dancer
  • Analysis of choreography and performance within professional repertoire.

For the Advanced Level award candidates have the opportunity to develop skills and extend and apply knowledge gained at Advanced Subsidiary level. The focus is on:

  • Group choreography
  • Knowledge and understanding of a specific area of study related to the development of one of the following: modern dance, ballet, and jazz dance
  • Performance skills related to one of the specific areas of study or to a choreographer of one of the set works
  • Training, technique, health and safety of the dancer
  • The analytical study of one set work and its cultural and artistic context.


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