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Dance

Students will study Dance in Year 7 and 8 with the option to continue through to GCSE and A Level. They will develop performance skills as well as technical skills, expressive skills and knowledge and understanding of Dance through performance, choreography and critical appreciation of Dance. Dance will increase students’ confidence, self-esteem as well as allowing them to employ the skills of problem solving and creativity. Student learn to make knowledgeable decisions and the opportunity to actively and physically demonstrate their ability through practical assessments whilst having fun. Students will be taught by either Miss Mash or Mrs Williams.

Our Purpose build and professionally equipped Dance Studio is open daily for students in KS4 and KS5 to come and rehearse their practical assessment work and there is a weekly after school practical coursework catch-up session to enable students to receive support in reaching their full potential in the subject.

Subject Leader: Miss Jenny Mash (jmash@thomasaveling.co.uk)

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Terms 1 & 2

Thriller – Students will be taught the famous Michael Jackson Dance and work in small groups to create material based around his moves.

  • Terms 3 & 4

Dance Athletes – Students will be required to pick their favourite sports and develop the moves of that sport into a dance. Some sections will be teacher led whilst others will be choreographed solely by the students.

  • Terms 5 & 6

Street Dance – Students will explore different street dance moves and skills including floor work and will develop these into group choreography pieces. The students will use Dance groups like Diversity as inspiration for their piece.

Year 8

  • Terms 1 & 2

Bollywood – Students will learn about dance from the Bollywood style/culture. They will learn basic Bollywood movements and actions and then will develop these into their own individual group choreography.

  • Terms 3 & 4

Honey – Students will learn about dance for Film. They will learn basic set routines taken from the film ‘Honey’ and then will develop these into their own group choreography. This will be a whole class performance.

  • Terms 5 & 6

Choreography – Students will apply the skills and techniques that they have learned throughout the year in order to create their own group choreography pieces based on a stimulus of their own choosing from a given list.   

Key Stage 4

Exam board: AQA

Year 9

  • Music as a Stimuli

Students will work in groups to create a piece based on the music. This will help to develop the students’ choreographic skills and understand the style expected at GCSE level.

  • Chosen Stimuli

Students will work in groups that will be led by the teacher to develop a dance based around a chosen idea. Students will need to work on their performance skills to develop them as a dancer.

  • Solo Performance

Students will learn a Set Phrase to help build their confidence as solo performers and prepare them for the exam Set Phrases in Year 10

  • Solo Choreography

Students will work on a solo choreography and perform it to help build their confidence in performance and prepare them for the choreography unit in Year 10

  • Dance Appreciation (Theory)

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the choreographic process and performance skills. They will be able to critically appreciate their own work and highlight areas of strength and weakness.

Year 10

  • Performance in a Duo/Group

Students will learn and create their duet piece based on the professional work Shadows.

  • Set Phrases (Breathe and Shift)

Students will learn both set phrases Breathe and Shift and work on improving their performance skills for their exam.

  • Choreography

Students will create their own choreography in groups based on an old exam paper and will develop their choreographic and creative skills.

  • Dance Appreciation (Theory)

Students will learn all 6 Anthology works and understanding the choreographic process of each.

Year 11

  • Performance in a Duo/Group

Students will revisit their duet and perfect their piece for final assessment

  • Set Phrases (Breathe and Shift)

Students will revisit the set phrases and perfect both pieces for final assessment

  • Choreography

Students receive their choreography exam paper and will have 6 weeks to create a solo/group dance based on a question of their choice.

  • Dance Appreciation (Theory)

Students will revisit all 6 Anthology works and own works, they will show knowledge and understanding of the choreographic process and performance skills and use this to prepare for the written exam paper in June.

Key Stage 5

In Key stage 5 students study the AQA A Level dance course.  This is a progression from the Key Stage 4 course. Students work on and develop their creative and intellectual capacity as well as continue to build transferable skills such as team working, communication and problem solving.  The unit covered allow students to reflect on the historical and current dance practices as well as a study a range of dance styles, focus on choreography, performance and critical engagement. The KS5 course is a mixed year group of 12 and 13 students and over the 2 year course all students will cover the following components.

Year 12

  • Solo Performance based on a practitioner- The solo dance will enable students to demonstrate understanding and awareness of technical principles and stylistic features associated with the chosen practitioner.
  • Performance in a quartet – students create a choreography that demonstrates a clear understanding of the choreographic processes including, researching, developing and experimenting with ideas through studio and non-studio investigation.
  • Component 2 – Critical engagement Students develop and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of professional choreography through time and location relating to features of genre including styles, influences, professional repertoire and communication of dance idea.

Students will study the following works: Rooster by Christopher Bruce and Sutra by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Students will also focus on the independent contemporary dance scene in Britain from 2005 – current and Rambert Dance company from 1966-2002 looking at stylistic features, key influences, development of practitioners and constituent features of professional works that fall under this category.

Year 13

  • Group choreography – students learn how to create original choreography in response to an externally set task. Students will demonstrate a range of skills and an understanding of the chorographic and rehearsal process
  • Component 2 – Critical engagement

Students develop and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of professional choreography through time and location relating to features of genre including styles, influences, professional repertoire and communication of dance idea. Students will study the following works: Rooster by Christopher Bruce and Sutra by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Students will also focus on the independent contemporary dance scene in Britain from 2005 – current and Rambert Dance company from 1966-2002 looking at stylistic features, key influences, development of practitioners and constituent features of professional works that fall under this category.