Department Leader: Nikki Thompson

During Dance at KBA our aim is to inspire the student’s to pursue dance outside of the school context. As a department, we are creating links with local dance schools to ensure that pupil’s are aware of the options available to them to further their talent and potential. The dance department is made up of 4 passionate teachers who want to give pupils a chance to explore a variety of different dance styles whilst developing skills such as team work, creativity and ability to choreograph movement. The primary driver behind the subject it to encourage creative thinking and provide an avenue to express themselves.

At Key stage 3 we look to build basic performance and choreography skills through 4 different units of work. 

In Year 7 they study the 6 basic dance actions through sport where they create movement based on a stimulus of sports action pictures. The second unit of work is to develop performance skills through a Bollywood Unit. This particular unit of work encourages pupils to explore cultural dance and broaden their horizons about how dance is different around the world.

In Year 8 we focus on developing basic motifs through Dance Tek Warriors which is based on a martial arts video game. This is then followed by a choreography unit based on Contact Improvisation; this enable pupils to explore counter- balance, counter- Tension and lifts in small groups.

In Year 9 the main priority is to ensure students are understanding and developing the required skills in preparation for GCSE work. The students build physical skills, performance skills an choreographic skills related to the GCSE specification to ensure continuity through to year 10. Students work on stimulus work, the process of choreography and analysis of professional work. The main objective for year 9 dance is for students to build confidence, build knowledge, skill and primarily have a passion for the subject.

GCSE Dance allows pupils to further develop their choreographic ideas as well as their performance skills through a combination of theory and practical lessons. Pupils have to study 6 professional dance works that enable pupils to experience a broad range of dance styles and choreographers. Pupils have to learn key factual information about each dance work as well as form opinions about the choreographic intention, costume, lighting and other various aspects of the dance piece. We also explore the dance through practical workshops, where pupils choreograph their own piece based on a stimulus from the current work. Throughout the 2 years of the course students have to perform a solo that they choreograph using a stimulus that is provided to us by the exam board. The other practical assessment in the course is group dance that is choreographed by both students and the dance teacher.

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