Dance at Key Stage 3 is studied as part of the PE curriculum. Students have a chance to explore both choreography and performance work, giving them a taster before selecting Dance at GCSE.
At Key Stage 4 students study for a GCSE in Performing Arts: Dance. The course aims to develop the students as thinking dancers. Within the performance elements of the course, they learn how to improve their physical and performance skills, learning not only how to be better technicians, but also how to communicate to the audience. The choreographic element of the course teaches them how to create, manipulate and structure movement material and how the other elements of performance contribute to the dance idea. The study of professional dance work is vital to the understanding of choreography and performance, so this is embedded into the teaching of the students and assessed through a written paper in the summer.
Students are assessed through the performance of two pieces of their own choreography, the performance of a duet and solo choreographed for them and a written paper.