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Ms Fulham-Brown Head of Department
Miss Jones

Department Overview

The Dance department offers high quality dance provision throughout the school curriculum.   We are fortunate enough to have fantastic dance facilities and we are a subject in which results are consistently outstanding. Lessons have a predominantly practical focus and are designed to ensure all students are challenged and able to achieve their full potential.  We also strive to raise the profile of dance as an academic subject.  Students are expected to discuss, analyse, debate and write about dance and so become versatile performers and thinking dancers.  We encourage students to develop their creative thinking skills via a variety of choreographic and performance opportunities.  We believe that students benefit from a holistic dance education whereby learning takes place within and beyond the school environment.

Curriculum Content

Key Stage 5

BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts (Dance)
As with Level 2, BTEC level 3 is a vocational qualification designed to equip students with skills required within the working world.  Students gain insight into the audition and application process, working in a dance company and directing others and lessons are designed and delivered to realistically reflect the current dance industry.  BTEC dance is continually assessed with no formal exam at the end of the course.  It is therefore essential that students work consistently throughout the course as they are assessed in a variety of areas such as technical proficiency, self-discipline, performance skills, creative contribution, research skills and collaboration.
Students have the option of completing the Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to 1 A Level), the Diploma (equivalent to 2 A Levels) or the Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A Levels).  Each course equates to UCAS points required for university entrance.   Students can achieve a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* which are worth the same amount of UCAS points as their equivalent A Level grade.
Depending on which qualification students study, they will complete a number of the following units:

Exploring Contact Improvisation
Dance Appreciation
The Historical Context of Performance
Performing to an Audience
Jazz Dance
Choreographic Principles
Urban Dance
Developing Physical Theatre
Developing Contemporary Dance Technique
Developing Classical Ballet Technique
Developing Movement Skills
Rehearsing Dance
The Performing Arts Business


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