What is this subject?
“Dance enables us to lose ourselves and find ourselves at the same time.”- Martha Graham
Dance is a powerful and expressive subject which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity, whatever their previous experience in the subject.
It helps us to inspire and motivate and can play a useful role in supporting our mental health and wellbeing. Giving the space to express emotions and channel feelings through movement. The dance programme here at KWS provides our students with not only a form of physical exercise, it also allows children to connect with others, grow their confidence, and build their teamwork skills. Dance can also support children who learn best through kinaesthetic and creative experiences.
What will you study?
In Year 9 you will begin to study dance technique, skills and choreography. It is a year for us to build our skills within Dance through these practical elements. We will also look at the development of repertoire with a focus on intent, audience and the creative process.
How will you be assessed?
In year 9 you will be assessed on:-
- Skills & Technique
- Understanding of the creative process
The summative assessment at the end of Year 9 will inform progression on to one of two pathways – GCSE Dance or BTEC Level 2 Technical Performing Arts (Dance Pathway)
GCSE assessment will include a written examination taken at the end of the course, alongside performances and choreography.
BTEC assessment takes place at the end of each unit and is completed over a number of hours specified by the exam board. There is no examination at the end of the course.
Below are the two different pathways:
What qualities do I need to be successful in the subject?
You must have a passion for dance and be ready to get involved in lessons and try your hardest. This is a combination of practical and written elements so please be aware it’s not all jazz hands!
What future opportunities can I have with this subject?
Taking Dance can equip you with many lifelong skills, allowing you to build confidence and develop your physical and mental wellbeing. Dance can open the door to many different careers, universities and employers are looking for well rounded individuals who can demonstrate creativity, commitment, problem solving and team skills.
Who should I contact for further information?
Miss T Patterson email@example.com