‘Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body’
Martha Graham

‘Great Dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.’
Martha Graham

‘Dance is music made visible.’
George Balanchine

‘We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.’
Albert Einstein


The purpose of the Dance curriculum is to provide students with a chance to express themselves and their individuality. It is designed to gives the students variety and develop their whole self. It introduces them to the arts and culture and supports other areas of the curriculum, as well as the school ethos and ideals. Students are able to develop themselves and this is supported through self-assessment, peer-assessment and SMART target setting. The dance curriculum develops passion, enthusiasm and motivation. It also gives them the opportunity to develop a variety of transferable skills which support all subjects such as how to identify, describe, explain, evaluate, analyse and appreciate.

Key Stage 3 Features and Summary

Dance is delivered in KS3 as a part of the PE curriculum. It is delivered via cross-curricula themes that can help students not only learn the key skills in Dance, but also support what they may be learning in other subject areas.

Key Dance skills

  • Choreography
  • Performance
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation
  • Group work

Topics of study are as follows:

  • Year 7 – The Sea, Tetris.
  • Year 8 – Capoeira, Contemporary.

Year 9 – Street Dance/ set repertoire.

KS3 Curriculum Map & Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge organisers for each year group covering all skills are saved in the SSA.

RMA Knowledge Organiser – Year 7 Dance
RMA Knowledge Organiser – Year 8 Capoeira
RMA Knowledge Organiser – Year 8 Contemporary
RMA Knowledge Organiser – Year 9 Street

Key Stage 4 Features and Summary

BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts Level 1/ Level 2, specialising in Dance, is designed to develop a broad range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for a successful working life in the dance industry. Students will be required to learn professional dance repertoire, study three set professional works and create their own choreography.

There are three components within the course, where students will build up a portfolio of evidence:

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts

This is externally assessed and worth 30% of the final grade. Component 1 is theory and writing based.

Throughout the Component learners will develop their understanding of the Performing Arts by examining and analysing practitioner’s’ work and the processes used to create performances. The set works will cover a variety of styles and genres and learners will be required to compare and contrast the constituent features.

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

This is also externally assessed and worth 30% of the final grade. This component is practically based, and learners will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the accurate replication of professional set work. The set work is selected each year based upon a stimulus set by the exam board.

Component 3: Performing to a Brief

This is externally assessed and is worth 40% of the final grade.

This external component builds on knowledge, understanding and skills acquired and developed in Components 1 and 2. Learners will apply their skills and techniques creatively to a workshop performance for a selected audience. They will capture their ideas on planning, development and effectiveness of the performance process in a written log and an evaluation report.

A task worth 60 marks is completed under supervised conditions. The supervised assessment period is a maximum of three hours.

For assessment, learners are given a brief and stimulus to create performance material. In groups consisting of a minimum of three and a maximum of seven members, learners respond to the stimulus and create a workshop performance that communicates ideas and creative intentions to a target audience of their choice.

KS4 Curriculum Map & Knowledge Organisers

RMA Curriculum Map – BTEC Dance
RMA Knowledge Organiser – Component 2

KS3 Assessment and feedback all the same as PE

KS4 Assessment follows the BTEC Tech Award specification

RMA BTEC Dance Options booklet
Pearson BTEC Performing Arts Specification

Useful Websites and Resources

ZooNation, Kate Prince – Into The Hoods/ Some like it Hip Hop

Booklet  https://docplayer.net/36759183-Zoonation-a-resource-pack-for-teachers.html
Dance On Demand REP | Session 4 | Some Like It Hip Hop with Carrie-Anne – YouTube

Matthew Bourne


Christopher Bruce: Swan Song


Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: Rosas Danst Rosas








Ailey – Revelations


David Bintley – Still Life at the Penguin Cafe


Co-curricular Opportunities

Bollywood Dance Club – every Wednesday 3pm – 4pm in the dance studio Miss Kaur

Dance School production – every Thursday 3pm – 4pm in the dance studio Mrs East

Dance Academy – March to July every Thursday 3pm – 4pm in the dance studio Mrs East

Stretch and Challenge Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to lead in the extra-curricular clubs.

To perform in the school production and the Dance Showcase.


KS3 Homework all the same as PE

Revision Advice

KS3 Revision all the same as PE

Additional Information

All events that have happened this year

Cultural Day
Dance Showcase
Swan Lake
So You Think You Can Dance City Competition

Faculty Staff

Rachel East, Lead Teacher of Dance
[email protected]