Dance

At Hillcrest we have very high expectations of our students. Great emphasis is placed on hard work, achievement and high standards of behaviour.

DANCE KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM

Students follow a programme of study which builds skills to enable them to undertake further study at Key Stage 4 and 5. Not only do students study a range of styles in Dance but also develop both physical and interpretive skills to enrich their performance in this subject and across other curriculum areas. Students learn through a cycle of “creating, performing and appreciating”. Over the three years, it is hoped that students will develop the sound technique that can be applied to a range of styles and develop an extensive movement vocabulary that becomes increasingly more complex.

Students will experience a broad range of dance styles, develop a wide range of performance skills and apply them to their practical performances. Students will learn to appreciate Dance in a range of contexts and be able to critically unpick key aspects of Dance Composition. Through this, they will develop their ability to create motifs, extend phrases and complete dances through a range of choreographic tasks.

Year 7
Year7 Autumn Term 1Unit of Work: Introduction to Dance Students will explore the five basic dance actions and learn how to apply these to choreograph a short dance sequence. They will learn about the four main components of dance and use these to aid their creativity. This unit of work also covers the importance of healthy eating and physical fitness and students will be expected to lead their own physical warm-up and have knowledge of a healthy body. By the end of this unit students will be expected to perform movement phrases with clarity, control and fluency. Perform movements in isolation with accuracy and control. Perform with dynamic contrast. Develop a sense of musicality and be able to count simple rhythmic patterns. Develop use of focus and projection and develop a sense of spatial awareness.
Year 7 Spring Term 2Unit of Work: Popular Dance Styles of the 1900’s In this unit of work students will look at how historical events have had an impact on dance and music and learn about the dance styles the Lindy Hop and Charleston. These dance styles are based around partner work and lifting and so students will learn how to work collaboratively with a partner and lift safely and confidently. Through practical workshops and visual aids students will learn typical actions of these two dance styles and combine them with the five basic dance to create an eye-catching sequence of movement.
Year 7 Winter Term 3Unit of Work: Still Life at The Penguin Café (Professional Dance Study) Students: Identify key characteristics of given characters. Use appropriate technical language when appreciating dance works. Identify strengths and weaknesses in their own work and that of others. Identify key stylistic features in a range styles. Analyse a professional work, making simple comparisons with their own work. Analyse a professional work focussing on actions, space, dynamics, relationships and aural setting.

Year 8
Year7 Autumn Term 1Unit of Work: Introduction to Dance Students will explore the five basic dance actions and learn how to apply these to choreograph a short dance sequence. They will learn about the four main components of dance and use these to aid their creativity. This unit of work also covers the importance of healthy eating and physical fitness and students will be expected to lead their own physical warm-up and have knowledge of a healthy body. By the end of this unit students will be expected to perform movement phrases with clarity, control and fluency. Perform movements in isolation with accuracy and control. Perform with dynamic contrast. Develop a sense of musicality and be able to count simple rhythmic patterns. Develop use of focus and projection and develop a sense of spatial awareness.
Year 7 Spring Term 2Unit of Work: Popular Dance Styles of the 1900’s In this unit of work students will look at how historical events have had an impact on dance and music and learn about the dance styles the Lindy Hop and Charleston. These dance styles are based around partner work and lifting and so students will learn how to work collaboratively with a partner and lift safely and confidently. Through practical workshops and visual aids students will learn typical actions of these two dance styles and combine them with the five basic dance to create an eye-catching sequence of movement.
Year 7 Winter Term 3Unit of Work: Still Life at The Penguin Café (Professional Dance Study) Students: Identify key characteristics of given characters. Use appropriate technical language when appreciating dance works. Identify strengths and weaknesses in their own work and that of others. Identify key stylistic features in a range styles. Analyse a professional work, making simple comparisons with their own work. Analyse a professional work focussing on actions, space, dynamics, relationships and aural setting.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

BTEC LEVEL 2 FIRST AWARD PERFORMING ARTS DANCE OPTION SUBJECT

COURSE CONTACT: MISS L TAYLOR– LEARNING MANAGER

Exam board website: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/performing-arts-2012-nqf.html

 

Course Content

Students will complete 3 units:

  • Exploring the Performing Arts
  • Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
  • Performing to a Brief

You will learn, rehearse and perform several studies in a range of styles such as jazz, contemporary, street, ballet and musical theatre. You will focus on developing a strong technique with sound expressive skills. You will log your own progress, set personal targets and review your work regularly through written evaluations and also video diary recordings.

You will also create your own choreography through exploring professional works and experimenting with a range of stimuli as starting points. You will refine this to a performance standard and present your work along with a brief programme note. A love of performing to an audience is a must for this course as it is 90% practically based.

 

Assessment Details

Component 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts:

Students will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioners’ work and the processes used to create a performance.

Component 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts:

Students will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of Dance repertoire.

Component 3 – Performing to a Brief:

Students will be given the opportunity to work as part of a group to create a workshop performance in response to a given brief and stimulus.

 

Why Study This Course?

Students who wish to explore a variety of dance styles, study professional works and gain a strong technical grounding with lots of opportunities to perform. This course builds underpinning knowledge of specific skills in Dance performance and Appreciation such as analysing and evaluating. Students can consider progression to Level 3 BTEC Dance offered within the Oaks Collegiate.

Students will gain many transferable skills such as communication skills, organisational skills, problem-solving skills and the ability to understand the creative process. Students who study Dance at Level 2 may be interested in careers in teaching, arts therapies, theatre production, sports science, physiotherapy and art and design.