Dance at Stanborough helps students develop technical and expressive skills as well as knowledge and understanding of dance through performance, choreography and appreciation of professional works. Students taking part in dance at Stanborough increase their confidence and self-esteem, employ the skills of problem solving and creativity as well as developing teamwork and leadership skills. We aim to offer a wide range of opportunities for dance students including performances in school productions, leading and participating in dance clubs and a range of trips to dance events throughout the year. The courses provide a solid foundation for a career in dance or performing arts and/or further studies in dance or performing arts, including BTEC Level 3 Dance.
Subject Leader Dance: Miss F Smith
What will students study?
During Years 7 and 8, students will study dance as part of their PE curriculum.
In Year 7 students are introduced to the six dance actions and apply them to set routines and their own choreography. Students develop a sense of rhythm and timing, will understand how to link the six actions together and apply basic performance skills to choreography. Students will understand what makes a successful performance and be able to comment on other’s performances.
In Year 8 students study the use of motifs in dance and how to communicate ideas and themes. Students will study the use of structure in dance and develop work using choreographic devices. They will develop confidence when performing in front of the class and will comment on each other’s work making improvements.
Students study Edexcel BTEC Level 1 and 2 Award in Performing Arts: Dance. Students will study three different units: Unit 1 Individual Showcase: Students will be given a scenario which will involve applying for a job or place at college. Students will create and perform audition solos and will need to write a supporting letter of application.
Unit 2 Preparation, Performance and Production: Students will work as a mini dance company learning and developing movement material which will be performed to an audience during the March Dance Production.
Unit 4: Students will study a variety of dance styles including contemporary and jazz, they will perform in a final dance piece and keep an on-going log book of their progress, students will also write a final evaluation of the work.
This course is made up of practical coursework units all of which are accompanied by an evaluation and will all involve research to support their practical work.
BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts follows on from the Level 2 course, using a combination of assessment methods, both practical and written. The units focus on practical skills and techniques needed for dance as well as critical analysis and contextual understanding of practitioners work.
Over the two year course, students will complete two externally assessed units set by the exam board, as well as two internally assessed technique and choreography units. Performance work is assessed during dance productions and assessment evenings, with coursework being completed alongside this.
How can I support my child in this subject?
The best way to support your child for this subject is to help them go through phrases and motifs they have learnt using videos uploaded onto the VLE and any professional repertoire videos available online. Where possible, it is important for students to see live performance and attend extra curricular dance within school and locally.
What equipment does my child need in this subject?
Students will need their PE kit including leggings. Students will be provided with an exercise book and coursework booklets for class and homework, but may on occasion need additional materials for homework tasks. Students may need to source their own costume items for performances.
Celebrating successes in this subject
Each year the school hires the Weston Auditroium to showcase the success of our dance students in a professional venue. Alongside this, dance students also have dance evenings held at school giving students the opportunity to perform in front of an audience; these are often assessment performances for the BTEC dance groups. There is also a House Dance competition which takes place during the start of the academic year.
Extra-Curricular Activities and Visits
Throughout the year students are given the opportunity to see a range of different professional dance performances in London. The most recent event students have attended is ‘Move it’ which included many professional performances, classes and dance stalls.
Each year group has the opportunity to take part in dance clubs led by Key Stage 4 and 5 students. These pieces are performed at dance shows throughout the year.