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Students follow a programme of study which builds skills to enable them to undertake further study at Key Stage 4 and 5. Not only do students study a range of styles in Dance but also develop both physical and interpretive skills to enrich their performance in this subject and across other curriculum areas. Students learn through a cycle of “creating, performing and appreciating”. Over the three years it is hoped that students will develop sound technique that can be applied to a range of styles and develop an extensive movement vocabulary that becomes increasingly more complex. Students will experience a broad range of dance styles, develop a wide range of performance skills and apply them to their practical performances. Students will learn to appreciate Dance in a range of contexts and be able to critically unpick key aspects of Dance composition. Through this they will develop their ability to create motifs, extend phrases and complete dances through a range of choreographic tasks.

Year 7

Term 1

Unit of Work: Introduction to Dance

Students will explore the five basic dance actions and learn how to apply these to choreograph a short dance sequence. They will learn about the four main components of dance and use these to aid their creativity. This unit of work also covers the importance of healthy eating and physical fitness and students will be expected to lead their own physical warm-up and have knowledge of a healthy body.

By the end of this unit students will be expected to perform movement phrases with clarity, control and fluency. Perform movements in isolation with accuracy and control. Perform with dynamic contrast. Develop a sense of musicality and be able to count simple rhythmic patterns. Develop use of focus and projection and develop a sense of spatial awareness.

Term 2 

Unit of Work: Popular Dance Styles of the 1900’s

In this unit of work students will look at how historical events have had an impact on dance and music and learn about the dance styles the Lindy Hop and Charleston. These dance styles are based around partner work and lifting and so students will learn how to work collaboratively with a partner and lift safely and confidently. Through practical workshops and visual aids students will learn typical actions of these two dance styles and combine them with the five basic dance to create an eye-catching sequence of movement.

Term 3 

Unit of Work: Professional Dance Works –

  • Learn about the purpose, style, choreographic intention and other key features of a professional dance.

  • Watch and learn short sections of repertoire.

  • Apply skills from unit 1 and 2 to create and perform a duet.

  • The role of a dancer; skills needed to be a successful dancer and performer.

  • The role of a choreographer; skills needed to be a successful choreographer. 

Year 8

Term 1

Unit of Work: Street Dance

Students will learn short dance phrases in the Street Dance style and through this will gain an understanding of the key dance actions. They will develop movement material that is reflective of a given dance idea and portray emotive qualities. Through each workshop students will explore the idea of tableaux and develop movement phrases that will explore the use of canon and unison for dramatic impact.

By the end of this unit of work students will be expected to be able to perform with facial expressions that reflect the dance idea. Develop rhythmical accuracy in more complex sequences. Develop control and accuracy in paired work. Perform a variety of styles with awareness of specific stylistic qualities. Perform with clear dynamic contrast. Develop accuracy in movement execution through good alignment and understand the need for safe practice.

Term 2

Unit of Work: Contact Dance

  • Learn about the history of contact dance.

  • Re-visit how to lift a partner safely.

  • Watch existing contact dance pieces to gain an insight into the style.

  • Choreograph a duet in this dance style.

  • Re-visit ‘stimuli’ and how they can be used to inspire movement ideas.

  • Apply Performance skills.

  • Apply choreographic devices.

  • Apply components of dance.

  • Continue developing understanding of the importance of constructive feedback and how to act on suggested improvements.

  • Apply feedback from unit 1 evaluation and write a detailed evaluation of their own skills, using dance terminology.

Term  3

Unit of Work: Professional Dance Study (Swansong)

Students will watch video footage of Christopher Bruce’s ‘Swansong’ and learn repertoire from various sections of the piece. They will gain knowledge and understanding about the use of actions, costume, sound and props to help deepen their understanding of the piece and stimulate their own creative ideas. Students will take part in practical dance workshops to learn repertoire and will be expected to use the actions learnt to create a trio dance.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum



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Course Content 

Students will complete 3 units:

  • Exploring the Performing Arts
  • Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
  • Performing to a Brief

You will learn, rehearse and perform several studies in a range of styles such as jazz, contemporary, street, ballet and musical theatre. You will focus on developing a strong technique with sound expressive skills. You will log your own progress, set personal targets and review your work regularly through written evaluations and also video diary recordings.

You will also create your own choreography through exploring professional works and experimenting with a range of stimuli as starting points. You will refine this to a performance standard and present your work along with a brief programme note. A love of performing to an audience is a must for this course as it is 90% practically based.

Assessment Details 

Component 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts:

Students will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioners’ work and the processes used to create a performance.

Component 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts:

Students will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of Dance repertoire.

Component 3 – Performing to a Brief:

Students will be given the opportunity to work as part of a group to create a workshop performance in response to a given brief and stimulus. 

Why Study This Course? 

Students who wish to explore a variety of dance styles, study professional works and gain a strong technical grounding with lots of opportunities to perform. This course builds underpinning knowledge of specific skills in Dance performance and Appreciation such as analysing and evaluating. Students can consider progression to Level 3 BTEC Dance offered within the Oaks Collegiate.

Students will gain many transferable skills such as communication skills, organisational skills, problem-solving skills and the ability to understand the creative process. Students who study Dance at Level 2 may be interested in careers in teaching, arts therapies, theatre production, sports science, physiotherapy and art and design.