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Dance

Dance offers enriching, cultural experiences and builds skills that benefit students during their education and in adult life.

The purpose of our Dance education is to inspire and develop resilient dancers who have a sophisticated understanding of how to create, perform and analyse dance. All students can engage and succeed in dance, taking on the roles of creator, performer, audience, critic and leader, skills that are developed throughout our dance curriculum. Students should have regular opportunities to build and showcase their performance skills and participate in dance performance , within the lesson or on a larger scale - providing life-enhancing and memorable learning experiences for all students. 

Our curriculum aims for Dance are framed around the exam specifications we follow and is rich, broad and varied and carefully sequenced to allow:

  • Students to become creative and independent thinkers and problem-solvers, who are inquisitive.  It allows for a range of spiritual, moral, social and cultural opportunities, where they show understanding, respect and tolerance of a range of cultures.  Creating and performing dance helps our students to develop a strength of character and resilience.  Our curriculum ensures that all students are able to thrive and develop as healthy individuals and good citizens, who can achieve success in the wider curriculum and in adult life, including the ability to communicate by listening and articulating their views.
  • Students to learn to choreograph, perform and appreciate dance as an art form and inform their development as creative and artistic individuals and broaden their aesthetic, social and cultural experience through a holistic engagement with dance. The curriculum enable students to engage as choreographers through the creative and imaginative response to a range of stimuli, use of imagination, problem-solving, creativity and the synthesis of ideas, the application of knowledge, skills and understanding of choreographic forms and devices and through the communication of ideas, feelings, emotions, meanings and moods. The curriculum enable students to engage as performers through the application of knowledge, skills and understanding of performing, the development of physical, technical, mental and expressive skills and communication of choreographic intention and artistry.
  • Students to appreciate dance through the articulation of knowledge and critical reflection to inform artistic practice, the critical appreciation of dance in its physical, artistic, aesthetic and cultural contexts and the critical analysis, interpretation, evaluation and appreciation of professional dance works.  Students are enabled to participate in and appreciate dance from more than one style, critically appreciate at least two professional works by at least two choreographers, work collaboratively with others, develop knowledge, skills and understanding of health, well-being and safe and professional practice relevant to dance and to improve own work through analysis, critical self-reflection and evaluation. The curriculum allow students to reflect the learning outcomes in the content. Our curriculum encourages students to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. They should prepare students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

We will implement this in Dance with the aim of ensuring our students are motivated to be the best they can be through their participation in creating and appreciating dance.