Dance

Dance lessons provide an opportunity to build confidence and gain a sense of achievement through the process of choreography, performance and evaluation. Students will regularly work with others on practical tasks to engage their imagination, make decisions and release their creativity. Dance lessons take place in the purpose built dance studio with sprung floor.

Throughout their time studying dance, students will engage in a range of activities which focus on:

  • Promoting confidence and high self-esteem
  • Developing inclusion, purpose and achievement through group tasks
  • Demonstrating self-discipline, persistence, resourcefulness and the ability to think under pressure
  • Improving problem-solving skills and movement memory
  • Developing dance technique; posture, flexibility, strength, balance, co-ordination and an awareness of how the body is placed in space
  • Maintaining fitness and a healthy lifestyle

KS3 Dance

  • Students will learn to choreograph dance pieces in response to an idea or stimulus.
  • They will learn a variety of basic dance terminology and explore how to apply this in the creation of their own performances.
  • They will learn what a ‘motif’ is and how this can be developed in order to communicate ideas. 
  • Students will develop techniques in dance in order to gain new skills and improve their posture, focus, control and balance.
  • Students will further their understanding on how to evaluate their own work and that of others in order to identify strengths and weaknesses in performance. 
  • Self-esteem and confidence will be developed through small performance tasks. 

GCSE Dance

Students in KS4 have the option of taking GCSE Dance. Over the duration of thmailto:skearns@saa.woodard.co.uke course, students will develop their technical and performance skills, before completing four units during Year 11.

Unit 1: Critical Appreciation of Dance (Written paper - 1 hour)

20% of GCSE Course.
Students answer a series of questions to demonstrate their knowledge of two professional dance works. They will also be questioned on their own dance practice and safety in the dance studio.

Unit 2: Set Dance (Particle examination - Solo performance-1-1 ½ minutes)

20% of GCSE Course.
Students learn a dance piece which is set by the exam board (AQA) and are marked on their accuracy during a performance.

Unit 3: Performance in a Duo/Group Dance (Live performance - 3-3 ½ minutes)

20% of GCSE Course.
Students are taught a dance performance and are marked on their performance skills during a live moderation.

Unit 4: Choreography (Task 1: Solo composition - 1-1½ minutes)(Task 2: Solo/Duo/Group Choreography based on own choice of stimulus)

40% of GCSE Course.
Students complete two pieces of choreography to demonstrate their knowledge of motif and development. Both pieces are assessed during a live moderation


Dance staff:
Mrs Kearns - Dance - (skearns@saa.woodard.co.uk)