Dance uses movement symbolically as a fundamental form of human expression. It is both empowering and powerful as a form of non-verbal communication. The intrinsic value of dance is the development of creative, imaginative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacities. Dance is both physical and expressive – this is what makes it similar to and different from other art forms and physical activities.
Richard Alston CBE
The study of dance as an art form contributes to pupils’ aesthetic and social development. As a physical activity it promotes fitness and well-being. Dance also supports learning across a range of subjects.
As performers, pupils develop confidence and self-esteem. They develop self and body awareness as well as sensitivity to others and team-working skills. Effective performance requires physical effort and the determination to succeed and improve.
As choreographers, pupils employ the skills of problem-solving and creativity. Effective choreography requires imagination and the ability to combine a number of elements. In directing others, pupils develop their interpersonal and communication skills.
As critics, pupils make informed decisions about the dances they see. They articulate their knowledge, opinions and preferences. Viewing professional dances fulfils pupils’ cultural entitlement and broadens their artistic experience.
GCSE Dance is for all; we pride ourselves on giving all pupils the opportunity to shine and to fulfil their potential, whether it be performing, choreographing or analysing dance.
GCSE Dance comprises Performing, Choreographing and Appreciating. Pupils are encouraged to work in a professional manner; performing to their best ability, creating original and well thought out choreography and producing detailed analyses of professional dance works.
Year 10 Dance pupils are encouraged to be as active in co-curricular projects as possible as this will give them the vital performance opportunities needed to make them confident young performers.
GCSE Dance in Year 11 is all about coursework and long-term independent project work. Pupils are assessed for performance in two pieces of dance: a duo/group and a highly technical solo designated by the exam board (AQA). Pupils will also be expected to create their own full choreographic work of approximately 3 minutes in length. This will require organisation, exceptional time management and creative intelligence. There is also a written exam paper in May that will test their critical appreciation for professional dance.
Co-curricular projects are at the heart of the Dance Department, ranging from weekly dance clubs for KS3, to Hampshire School’s Dance Festival, to performance evenings to the general public. Co-curricular dance is for all. Pupils and students are encouraged to participate and to sometimes lead projects. All Co-curricular projects lead to performance opportunities, either in school or in the wider community.
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