Team members

Miss S Skellington

Miss L House

Miss H Yates


‘Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body’ – Martha Graham

Through studying Dance students learn and develop a range of physical, choreographic and expressive skills in order to create, perform and evaluate dance. Students explore a range of styles, cultures and stimuli through dance and broaden their understanding of movement.  As a physical activity it promotes fitness and well-being. As performers, students develop confidence, self-esteem and creativity. They develop self and body awareness as well as sensitivity to others, communication and team- working skills. As critics, students make informed decisions about the dances they see. They articulate their knowledge, opinions and preferences. Viewing professional dances fulfils students’ cultural entitlement and broadens their artistic experience.

Key stage 3


In Year 7 Students are introduced to a variety of dance skills, which form the basis for creating choreography, and develop their skills in creating, performing and evaluating. Students explore how dance has developed through different eras such as the 1920s Charleston and the 1960s and will gain an understanding of different styles and cultures of dance. Students will use choreographic skills to create and perform their own sequences, and comment on the effectiveness of these.


Students extend and enhance skills learnt in Year 7 throughout the year. We will continue to develop the variety of skills and styles of dance learnt and use a number of stimuli to create dance. Students study and explore professional dance works and use these as inspiration to develop choreography and performance, as well as enhance their understanding of how dance is created. Students finish year 8 by taking on an independent project where they have the opportunity to showcase the skills learnt throughout Key Stage 3 through choreographing their own dance performance in response to a stimulus.

Key stage 4

The GCSE Dance Course consists of the following components:

Component 1: Performance and Choreography (60%)
  • Students will apply and adapt a wide range of skills and techniques effectively in performing and choreographing dance in response to a range of styles and stimuli, including the ability to improve.



  • 2 Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration)
  • Duet/trio performance (three to five minutes in duration)
  • 30% of GCSE (40 marks -12 marks for set phrases, 24 marks for duet/trio performance and 4 marks for mental skills showcased in performance)



  • Solo or group choreography – a solo (two to two and a half minutes) or a group dance for two to five dancers (three to three and a half minutes)
  • 30% of GCSE (40 marks)


How it’s assessed?

Internally marked and externally moderated.

Component 2: Dance Appreciation (40%)

Students will develop the ability to analyse, evaluate and appreciate 6 short professional dance works, as well as their own experiences. Students will also appreciate the contribution of dance to their personal and social health, fitness and wellbeing and be aware of the range of opportunities and pathways available in dance. At the end of the course students will complete a written examination where questions are based on students’ own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology.

What’s assessed?

  • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills.
  • Critical appreciation of own work.
  • Critical appreciation of professional works.
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Marking Policy

PE, Sports Science and Dance marking policy


Students embark on their GCSE course in Year 9. Throughout the year students will develop a range of physical, technical and expressive skills through weekly technique classes and performance opportunities in lessons, in preparation for their performance component of the GCSE exam. Students will use aspects of the GCSE anthology to develop their understanding of choreographic processes and think creatively and imaginatively to express ideas and create, perform and evaluate choreography.


During Year 10 students will explore the various professional works, which comprise the GCSE anthology. Students will study these works in their entirety through critical appreciation of the different constituent features of the work in order to realise choreographic intent. Through practical workshops students will continue to explore the works, and develop their knowledge of choreographic skills and processes using stimuli and ideas taken from their appreciation of the dance.


The first half of Year 11 will focus on the performance component. Consolidating their knowledge of practical skills students will perform a solo using set phrases, and develop a duet/trio which will showcase their practical ability for examination. Using their understanding of choreography, students will research, generate and create material in response to an external stimulus, forming their own piece of choreography to also be examined.

In the second half of Year 11 students will return to the GCSE anthology and continue to critically appreciate these in relation to the works themselves and their own understanding. Students will then be tested on this knowledge in their written exam at the end of Year 11.


Students have the opportunity to become involved in a variety of enrichment activities on offer in the Dance Department. The programme includes:

  • Dance Show – Students are invited to audition and perform in the annual School Dance Show.
  • School Productions – Students can get involved both on and off stage and students from all Years are invited to participate.
  • Boys Dance Company – A dance company on offer throughout the year specifically tailored for boys.
  • KS3/KS4 Dance – Enrichment is on offer throughout the year for both KS3 and KS4 students to create dances in a variety of styles.
  • Workshops – Opportunities inside and outside of school to enhance and develop dance skills by working with professional artists.
  • Theatre Trips – students go to a variety of theatres to watch live dance and use these as inspiration in lessons and as part of the GCSE course.