AIMS AND ETHOS
- To encourage students to work independently to improve performance skills.
- To develop self – discipline, self – confidence and social skills.
- To improve oracy and evaluation skills.
- To develop the ability to work as part of a team.
- To introduce students to a variety of dance genres, developing an understanding of dance cultures.
- To provide a range of challenging and stimulating opportunities for students who want to further their knowledge in dance.
- To provide an inclusive environment where students are safe to develop their own creative ideas.
Key Stage 3
Year 8 – Year 8 dance lessons will develop a students rhythm, co-ordination, choreography and performance skills through a variety of practical activities. Students will explore a wide variety of dance genres including Rock N Roll, Bollywood, Jazz, Contemporary and Street dance. Students are encouraged to perform their work each term in a safe and supported environment, giving and receiving feedback and self-evaluating their own progress.
Dance at DSTC develops student’s self-confidence as well as their ability to work with others. Students can be proud of the work that they produce and are encouraged to extend their learning by participating in the extra – curricular dance activities provided by the school. These include dance clubs and the School Musical.
Year 9 – Students in year 9 will be assessed on their choreography and performance skills throughout the year. Students will experience a wide variety of dance styles including Charleston, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Dance battles. Students will also participate in ensemble dance work developing their musicality, timing and spatial awareness.
Students are encouraged to experiment with a number of different choreographic devises during lessons as well as developing a theoretical understanding of dance through observation of professional dance works. Year 9 lessons are predominantly practical sessions that encourage a student to develop their own creativity and dance skills.
Key stage 4
Students who choose to study Dance at KS4 will be entered for the Btec First Award in Performing Arts Dance. Students are assessed on their ability to perform as part of an ensemble, work in groups to choreograph dance pieces, Create dance work for a music video, perform for audition (Unit 1), and observe and evaluate dance work.
Unit 1 – Students are required to perform two contrasting dance works, created in response to a theme and job advert relating to the Performing Arts Industry. They will reflect and evaluate their dance pieces in a written letter of application to be completed on the computer in a 2 hour exam under controlled conditions.
Unit 2 – Students are required to Prepare and produce a dance showcase as a demonstration of their performance or production skills. The performance is to demonstrate their own skills in three or more contrasting dance pieces. Some students will take on a major production role and responsibility for the success of the show. The performance is recorded, assessed and graded. Students are also observed throughout the rehearsal process given formative feedback through peer observations and one to one tutorials. They are required to evidence their progress by completing a portfolio scrap book, to include research, a rehearsal diary and self-evaluations.
Unit 4 – Students are required to develop basic dance skills in various styles of dance, such as Urban dance, Dance Musicals and Contemporary dance. Students will create and choreograph dance material in a group or as a soloist. Students observe and assess each other and self-evaluate their own progress through peer performance and video feedback analysis. Lessons are predominantly practical sessions that engage and nurture student’s passion for dance, as well as develop their own ideas and artistry.