“Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.” – 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
“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” – Martha Graham
The Dance Department at Rushey Mead Academy is designed to promote creativity, self-confidence, artistic appreciation and cultural understanding. The experience of a broad range of dance styles enables students to develop their knowledge and understanding of dance as well as develop their social skills, teamwork, communication and self-awareness. In order to establish a continuous process of self-development, students are taught how to appreciate and analyse professional works and how to critique their own and other performances and compositions. In dance lessons and extra-curricular activities there are regular opportunities to choreograph and perform.
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:
- Group work
Topics of study are as follows:
- Year 7 – Shape, Tetris.
- Year 8 – Capoeira, Street dance.
- Year 9 – Conflict.
KS3 curriculum map & knowledge organisers
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 internally assessed and externally moderated 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 internally assessed and externally moderated 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.
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
Assessment and feedback
KS3 – Students are assessed in the practical activities over the course of the year. This contributes to 50% of their final grade.
Students also have 3 written assessments to inform us of their learning in Physical Education theory and concepts. This also contributes to 50% of their final grade.
Useful websites and resources
Further Reading KS3 Dance – Link
Further Reading KS4 Dance – Link
Christopher Bruce: Swan Song
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: Rosas Danst Rosas
ZooNation, Kate Prince – Into The Hoods
Ailey – Revelations
David Bintley – Still Life at the Penguin Cafe
Rushey Dance Academy
The school production Dance Club
Stretch and challenge opportunities
Students have the opportunity to lead in the extra-curricular clubs.
KS3 – Students receive two pieces of homework to complete each term. One of the homework is completed on-line. The other is homework is composed of exam style questions which the students complete in booklets in written form. The homework booklet also includes pages of information to assist the students to complete their homework. Class teachers are also available to help students complete their homework during lunchtime and after school. Students will be informed when the support sessions are available and these will also be published on ‘Show My Homework’ when the homework has been set. Each piece of homework should take students 30 – 60 minutes to complete.
Revision advice available here
Rachel East Lead Teacher of Dance : [email protected]