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Dance at KSCS is about developing student’s creativity through fascination and exploration of movement. Students will have the chance to learn different dance styles as well as create their own choreography. Dance is a popular physical activity among young people and is a great way to develop self-esteem and body confidence. Dance offers an activity for people who may not consider themselves as ‘sporty’. The benefit of dance is not only that of increased exercise, but the participation in an art form, which is routed in technique, and giving the opportunity for a creative outlet.

It is inherently collaborative and creates connections across other subjects in the curriculum. The skills developed in dance can also be valuable transferable skills that can be applied to any career path. The confidence gained through achievements in dance helps to build social skills, increase self-esteem and the ability to communicate well in a group. These skills once built up through partaking in dance can lead to a variety of career routes.

Assessment and Progression in Dance

Students at KSCS will be assessed in a variety of ways throughout each scheme of work; looking at the ways in which they choreograph and create material individually and within a group setting, how they perform, as well as how they evaluate and self-analyse their work to make improvements.

Dance at KS3

All students in Years 7-9 will study dance as part of the enriched curriculum at KSCS. Students will learn about a variety of different dance styles and start to develop a range of physical and interpretive skills. In Year 7 & 8 students will have 1 dance lesson a week and in Year 9 they will study dance for two terms on a Performing Arts rotation.

Dance at KS4

In Year 10 students can then decide if they want to study dance at GCSE level. The AQA course runs for two years and involves both practical and written elements to the GCSE.  Students will be assessed on their choreographic ability, performance and physical skills and their analytical side of dance.

Where next?

Dance can also open new opportunities in terms of careers. The entertainment industry is vast, employing an estimated 30,000 in dance related roles in the UK alone. There are numerous professions in dance from dancing, teaching, choreography or dance notation. In addition to this, people work in the dance industry as; community dance practitioners, promoters, producers, designers, publicists, technicians, physiotherapists, medical and alternative practitioners, therapists, writers and academics.

Mrs Purdy
Subject Leader
Miss Barben
Teacher of Dance
Mr Norman
Head of Faculty

Other Faculty Courses:

Topic - Baseline Assessment

The baseline assessment is to gage where the students are at when they start in Year 7  and so we can build on previous experience.

Topic - Dance Components

Dance components aims to introduce the students to the 6 basic body actions used in dance. The students are also introduced to creative tasks and have to develop their own dance to show the understanding of  some dance relationship devices learnt as well as the 6 basic body actions.

Topic - Ghost Dances

Ghost Dances is a professional dance work choreographed by Christopher Bruce about the political oppression in South America. The students will develop their understanding of how history can be used as a dance idea and learn some repertoire from the piece which they will then develop and add on their own movement ideas.

Topic - Lindy Hop

Lindy Hop is a partner dance that was created in the 1920’s-1930’s in Harlem, New York. The Lindy Hop is considered a cultural phenomenon that broke through the race barrier when segregation was still the norm. It is a lively and energetic dance that is particularly fun to do. Students will learn set steps that are part of the Lindy Hop style of which they then must develop and create a duet with for Assessment.

Ken Stimpson Community School
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