Dance

KS3 Dance Curriculum

The Dance curriculum at KAA provides students with an outstanding Dance education, with a focus on developing students’ practical and theoretical skills in the subject through the three components of choreography, performance and appreciation. We believe that a deep understanding of these concepts are essential in order to achieve excellence in GCSE and A-Level Dance as well as develop confident and enthusiastic Dance students who have a passion for the subject.

The department provides opportunities for students to develop as choreographers, performers and dance critics to a level which will allow them to study the subject at University or follow a career into the dance profession. The curriculum has been designed, and is structured around a series of ‘fertile questions’ which are explored over a period of lessons culminating in an assessment at the end of each term.

In Year 7 students start by developing their choreographic skills through stimulus work and their understanding of the four main elements dance. They also look at dance styles from around the World, focusing on Street, Irish and Indian Dance; as well as appreciation of professional dance works in the Summer Term.

In Year 8 students start by developing their choreographic skills through stimulus work and their understanding of motif and motif development. They also look at Musicals focusing on Hairspray, Aladdin and Matilda; as well as appreciation of professional dance works in the Summer Term.

In Year 9 students start by developing their choreographic skills through stimulus work and their use of contact work, focusing on counter balance and tension. They also look at dance through the ages focusing on Charleston, Jive and Hop Hop; as well as appreciation of professional dance works in the Summer Term.

Curriculum Map

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Homework

Students are not set homework on a formal basis in dance although homework can be set occasionally at the discretion of the teacher. As dancers, we are always looking to further develop and improve our performance skills, and we encourage all students to rehearse outside of lesson time, especially in the lead up to assessments. The dance area at KAA Online includes links, videos and worksheets to support practice for each fertile question.

Looking for ways to improve in Dance?

• Attend dance workshops (Pineapple, Rambert, Laban)

• Watch live performance (Sadler’s Wells, The Royal Opera House)

• Visit the school library for books on dance and dance practitioners

GCSE Dance Curriculum

GCSE Dance will help you to develop technical and expressive skills as well as knowledge and understanding of dance through performance, choreography and critical appreciation of dance.

You will actively and physically demonstrate your abilities through the three practical elements of the course worth 60% as well as your theory and understanding of dance in the written paper worth 40%.

The content of the course is designed to allow students to develop technical and expressive skills as well as knowledge and understanding of dance through performance, choreography and critical appreciation of dance.

GCSE Dance isn’t just a subject which trains you to become a dancer, although many students go onto work in this industry. The course also has many transfer able skills which can be applied to other subjects to make you more employable in the future.

Course Breakdown

A Level Dance

The study of dance enables you to develop socially whilst promoting creativity, fitness and well-being. As well as developing as performers, you’ll also develop skills in confidence, self-esteem and team working skills.

Assessment includes a combination of practical dance tasks alongside creative extended writing assignments. This will equip you with the necessary skills and experience to study dance further, or embark on an exciting career in the arts.

The content of the course is designed to allow students to develop technical and expressive skills as well as knowledge and understanding of dance through performance, choreography and critical appreciation of dance.

A Level Dance isn’t just a subject which trains you to become a dancer, although many students go onto work in this industry. The course also has many transfer able skills which can be applied to other subjects to make you more employable in the future.

Course Breakdown

Year 12

Year 13

 

Dance Teachers

Mr Dunning – Head of Dance

Ms Grace – Teacher of Dance