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Dance

Dance is taught as part of our KS3 curriculum here at St John’s. We believe that the study of Dance as a Performance Art contributes to students’ social, moral, cultural and spiritual development as well as promoting fitness and well-being throughout the lower years. We encourage students to develop their confidence, self-esteem and body awareness during lessons.

Specific tasks are provided to give students the opportunity to work safely and effectively as part of a team as well as show sensitivity towards others. We develop a knowledge and understanding of what makes an ‘effective’ and ‘successful’ performer, encouraging determination, creativity and the use of student imagination. When leading or directing others within lessons, students develop and show interpersonal and communication skills, make informed decisions about their own or others choreographies and articulate their knowledge, opinions and preferences.

Our Dance department is built on foundations of instilling creativity, imagination, determination and a ‘can do’ approach in every students, enabling them to become more rounded and confident members of the community.

Year 7 

Term 1: Musicals – School of Rock 

Students will explore the world of Musical Theatre, studying this year’s school  music ‘School of Rock.’ Students will learn a set phrase inspired by the West End routines and will have the opportunity to create and add their own movement to the sequence. Students will develop performance and technical skills such as confidence, focus, co-ordination and musicality throughout this unit. 

Term 2: Swansong 

Students learn set repertoire from the professional work ‘Swansong’ created by Christopher Bruce. This unit of work focuses on the aesthetic and expressive qualities needed within a performance such as facial expressions, body language, focus and sense of style. 

Term 3: Street Dance 

Within this unit, students will develop style specific technical skills such as co-ordination, stamina, musicality and control. Students will learn a set phrase of choreography which they will then develop using choreographic devices (Action, Space, Dynamics & Relationship) to create their group performance piece. 

Term 4: Rock & Roll

Throughout this unit students will explore the stylistic features and qualities of Rock & Roll Dance. They will be provided with the opportunity to learn, develop and create their own material in response to this style. Students will focus on performance & expressive skills such as confidence, musicality, use of dynamics and stamina. This is a fast paced, energetic unit of work which requires students to work in pairs or small groups.

Terms 5 & 6: Big Dance

During terms 5 & 6 all KS3 students are involved in the ‘Big Dance’ performance which takes place on sports day. This performance is a mash-up of songs and dance styles which allows students to revisit genres previously learnt throughout the year, as well as many others not yet explored. The ‘Big Dance’ final performance is a sponsored act, all money raised is presented to a charity close to the schools heart. This unit is fun filled, jam pack and extremely energetic, which encourages students to enjoy their learning and give back to the community. 

Assessment: 

At the end of each term students are required to produce a milestone performance steaming from existing class material. During their performances, students will be graded on the 1-9 system alongside an A2L grade which is monitored over the duration of the term. 

Year 8 

Term 1: Musicals – School of Rock 

Students will explore the world of Musical Theatre, studying this year’s school music ‘School of Rock.’ Students will learn a set phrase inspired by the West End routines and will have the opportunity to create and add their own movement to the sequence. Students will develop performance and technical skills such as confidence, focus, co-ordination and musicality throughout this unit. 

Term 2: Frantic Assembly 

Students develop set repertoire from ‘Frantic Assembly,’ a professional performance company who specialise in physical theatre and contact work. This unit of work focuses on the aesthetic and expressive qualities needed within a performance as well as the technical skills required in contact work. Students will develop a knowledge and understanding of how to take and give weight between each other, in groups and pairs. This unit of work also includes the use of props and requires students to use their imagination as well as explore their creativity. 

Term 3: Street Dance

Within this unit, students will develop technical skills through style specific movements such baby freezes, the top rock and the six step. Students will develop their balance, co-ordination, stamina and control. All classes will learn a set phrase of choreography which they will then develop using choreographic devices (Action, Space, Dynamics & Relationship) to create their group performance piece.

Term 4: Rock & Roll

Throughout this unit students will explore the stylistic features and qualities of Rock & Roll Dance. They will be provided with the opportunity to learn, develop and create their own material in response to this style. Students will focus on performance & expressive skills such as confidence, musicality, use of dynamics and stamina. This is a fast paced, energetic unit of work which requires students to work in pairs or small groups.

Term 5 & 6: Big Dance

During terms 5 & 6 all KS3 students are involved in the ‘Big Dance’ performance which takes place on sports day. This performance is a mash-up of songs and dance styles which allows students to revisit genres previously learnt throughout the year, as well as many others not yet explored. The ‘Big Dance’ final performance is a sponsored act, all money raised is presented to a charity close to the schools heart. This unit is fun filled, jam pack and extremely energetic, which encourages students to enjoy their learning and give back to the community. 

Assessment 

At the end of each term students are required to produce a milestone performance steaming from existing class material. During their performances, students will be graded on the 1-9 system alongside an A2L grade which is monitored over the duration of the term. 

What will I gain from studying Dance? 

Students will develop Dance specific skills revolving around creating choreography, performing to an audience and developing existing material. Alongside these skills, they will develop social and interpersonal skills such as communication, focus, problem solving and adaptability. 

Pathways this course can lead to 

BTEC level two in Performing Arts (Dance Pathway) 

AQA GCSE Dance 

Extra curricular opportunities 

School Musical 

Dance Club 

Musical Theatre Club 

Dance Company