Dance Department 

Dance plays an important role at North Leamington School both within the Performance Faculty Curriculum and as part of extra curricular activities.

Year 7-8

Year 7 and 8 girls have dance over a block of 8 weeks in a rotation within the Physical Education Department. They will learn the following skills:

  • Movement memory

  • Movement accuracy

  • Structuring movement

  • Timing

  • Choreographic devices – (Formations, Levels, Unison and Canon) 

They will learn dances, how to perform and how to create dances. 

Units covered include:

Year 7 Themes

Dance in Musicals

Dance from around the world

Year 8 Themes

Lindy Hop


Grease


High School Musical

 

Year 9-11

Pupils can choose to study dance in Year 9 through the BTEC First Certificate in Dance qualification.

Pupils will learn about dance through practical and theoretical study.  Assessments and tasks will focus on current practices within the professional world of dance involving performances, case studies of professional dancers and companies.  

Pupils must be prepared to perform in front of an audience in the theatre and undertake a solo performance, which will be recorded for external examining.

Year 9 will be an introduction to BTEC Dance with pupils developing their dance skills and completing assignments related to the internal assessment based BTEC Units 2 and 4.  These will culminate in two public performance events in December and in March, as part of the Dance Recital.  Pupils will start to complete Unit 4 as part of the BTEC qualification in the summer term.   


Units Studied in Year 9 (Summer Term), Year 10 and Year 11

Pupils will complete 3 units of work: 2 Core, 1 specialist,

Core Unit

Unit 1: Individual Showcase

Learners’ will study a progression opportunity within dance and the process of audition.  The process will be as realistic as possible.  They will write a letter of application and prepare two performance pieces both of 2 minutes in length in response to pre-released progression opportunities provided by Edxcel.

Unit 2: Preparation, Performance and Production

Learners will learn how to prepare for a live performance including the organisational side of ensuring performances are ready.  Learners’ will be fully involved in and responsible for the creation of the performance piece from undertaking research to creating movement material and structuring the dance.

Specialist Units

Unit 4 – Dance Skills

Learners will develop their dance skills through rehearsing and perform choreographed dance pieces. It will also enable learners to demonstrate different dance styles in short performances.

Skills learnt as well as dance:

Team work


Communication


Confidence


Creative thinking


Independence


Self promotion


Respect


Resilience 

 

Sixth Form


Dance is studied as an A-Level qualification in year 12 and 13

What is the course about?

Dancing and choreography are the focus in this new style course.  The course will enable interested students to carry on dancing, to study dance theoretically, to further their general Arts interests, or to complement other Arts and non Arts based courses, or to enable progression into a dance career and further study.

 

Assessment

Assessment is made through either practical moderation or examination and through examination for a theory paper.  50 % is Practical and 50% is Theory based.

 

Studied in Year 12


Component 1: Performance and choreography

• Solo Performance and Choreography • Performance in a duet/trio

Assessment

• Practical exam – marked by an external assessor

• 80 marks

  • 25% Of A-Level

 

Component 2: Critical engagement- Theoretical

• Two areas of study within the dance profession

• Reflection and understanding of your own choreographic and performance practice

Assessment

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 80 marks

  • 25% Of A-Level

 

Studied in Year 13


Component 1: Performance and choreography

• Solo performance linked to a specific practitioner within an area of study

• Performance in a quartet

• Group choreography

Assessment

• Practical exam – Marked by an external assessor

• 80 marks

  • 25% Of A-Level

Component 2: Critical engagement

• Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of a compulsory set work and its location within a corresponding area of study

• Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of one optional set work and its location within a corresponding area of study

Assessment

• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

• 100 marks

• 25% Of A-Level

 

Enrichment/opportunities

Pupils studying dance in year 9-11 will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop with a professional dance company.  Motionhouse and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Dance Company have delivered dance workshops at North Leamington School over the past years.

 

Extra-curricular

Dance clubs run at lunch times and work towards scheduled school performances including:

Whole School Musical

The March Dance Recital

Arts Recitals

Pupils are advised to check the notices for club running times as these vary through the year.

 

  

 

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