“Dance is vital, an activity both exhilarating and liberating to watch or do. The instinct to dance is fundamentally joyous and no matter how hard you try, you can’t get away from that for long. It can also be a huge force of good, effectively drawing people together and levelling everyone through sheer hard work. It can speed up your heart rate, it can enliven your being, it can change your life”
Richard Alston, CBE
Dance is an exhilarating and an ever changing subject that respects the traditions of the past but challenges the conventions with Contemporary and Modern Dance.
Dance is a powerful means of expression and the fundamental value of dance is the development of creative, imaginative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacities.
Students are taught dance at Key Stage 3. Students can opt to take GCSE Dance at Key Stage 4.
Throughout the two-year Key Stage 4 course students study a variety of Dance genres. These include Ballet, Contemporary, Modern and Street Dance. The course is highly creative and students spend a large amount of time studying professional choreographers and working on their own compositional skills to create original pieces. They also develop their performance and technical skills through a set dance, which is a Dance piece, set by the exam board. The Theory exam is a short and concise written paper focusing on critical analysis and perceptive understanding of the two chosen professional works. Questions may also refer to the candidate's own performance and/or choreography.
The department has excellent facilities within the Dance Studio which allows students to rehearse and develop their work to the highest standards.