Dance has a valuable place within the curriculum as a means of expression. It is a vital part of every students' contemporary life enabling all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds to create, perform and appreciate their work.
Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.
Why study this subject?
Topics of Study and Assignments
In Year 7 students learn how different dance stimuli can be used to create dance choreography in particular Egypt, Gladiators, SuperHeroes and graffitti. Students learn key dance terminology and technical aspects of movement.
In Year 8 students learn how to use props, themes and professional dance works to create movement and choreography for example; masks, Bollywood Macbeth witches and Rosas Dans Rosas . All students have the opportunity to perform, choreograph and appreciate their own and others’ work.
In GCSE Dance students look at professional dance works to inspire performances and choreography. Students work in small groups and at times as a solo performer. All students will be expected to develop their technical ability in focused technique classes in a range of dance genres. An important part of the GCSE Dance course involves students writing and talking about the dance work they see both professionally and in the studio. This helps prepare their analytical skills essential for the written exam component of the course.
In BTEC Dance students study a wide range of dance genres and learn how to create and perform a range of dance themes. Students will also look at the Performing Arts Industry, in particular the skills needed for specific job roles, how to put on a show and the collaborative skills essential to the performing arts industry.
All students studying GCSE and BTEC courses have the opportunity to work with professional dance artists to enhance their learning on these courses.
Phoebe Head: Teacher of Dance
Events and Activities
Varndean Dance show December and May each year
Let's Dance Eastbourne - March this year
Lets's Dance - Brighton Dome March each year
Frequent workshops with visiting professional dance artists
Inter-school dance competitions
Dance Enrichment week - July ( west end show visit and professional dance workshops throughout the week)
Please follow the link link for the dance extra curricular timetable
Students also have the unique opportunity to study for a Dance Leadership Award that they complete in their own time.
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