Dance here at Wright Robinson is taught as part of the PE curriculum, taught by a specialist dance teacher.
The curriculum is designed for students to be creative and curious learners which also helps develop skills such as confidence and team work.
Students take part in practical subjects where they learn the basic skills in dance, a variety of genres and the history behind each genre. Students will develop their skills further to be able choreograph and perform pieces of work demonstrating stylistic qualities.
Students will study a variety of professional dance works as well as dance appreciation. Students will understand and be able to show themes/stories through their choreography with the understanding of performance skills. They also examine what makes a good performance and analyse solo and ensemble performances and how characters are communicated throughout.
The dance curriculum aims to equip our students to become independent learners whilst delivering an engaging and relevant curriculum which is interesting and thought provoking. It is designed so that students can develop the skills they currently have and learn new skills which will benefit them beyond the classroom.
In Key Stage 3 students will develop a range of skills which are based in performance and devising. They will also complete appreciation tasks which help develop their understanding of performance skills and communicative skills such as use of space and body and also costume, props and set and what an actor wants to communicate to an audience using these elements.
At KS3 the students take part in an introduction to Dance unit which looks at developing their basic skills and their ability to work independently and in a group. Students will form a basic understanding of technical and expressive skills and will be able to demonstrate this in their performance work. Students will then move on to looking at various genres of dance, the history of each genre and then explore the stylistic qualities of each. Students will be able to analyse their own and others’ work giving constructive feedback to improve performance. Finally students will study professional dance works, where they will learn and recreate professional choreography, learning in more detail about how expressive and technical skills can help in the storytelling of a performance piece. Students will study Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker and Christopher Bruce’s Swansong as part of this unit of work.
At KS4 students can choose Dance as an option and will build on their basic knowledge and gain more depth of understanding of the subject. They look at monologues, a range of texts and also focus on enhancing their performance skills.
The students complete a VCERT certificate in Performance Skills where they develop their understanding of working in the Performing Arts. They will sit an exam at the start of Year 11 (unit 1) which is worth 40% of their overall grade. Then they begin work on Unit 2, ‘Preparing to Perform’. In this unit they will prepare an ensemble performance and a solo performance for an audience. They will do this in response to an assignment brief (set by the exam board). They will then plan and prepare all aspects of their performance from costume needs to administration planning such as risk assessments and finding a suitable venue. The course offers a very hands-on approach to experiencing working in the performing arts. It requires the students to be able to work well in a group, be reliable and committed and imaginative.
Currently students will study dance within their PE lessons.
Basic actions of dance
Spatial elements of movement
Dynamics in dance
Basics of Dance (recap)
- Street Dance
Dance Appreciation – Analysing own and others’ work.
Being Able to give and take constructive feedback in order to improve performance.
Focus on Professional Dance works.
Works that students study are:
- Nutcracker – Matthew Bourne
- Swansong – Christopher Bruce
- Rosas Danst Rosas- Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker
Expressive skills – How they contribute to the story telling of the piece
Choreographic devices – How to use these to create an interesting performance piece
Group and solo work will also be incorporated into this unit of work.
Understanding roles and responsibilities of the performance industry
Understanding National Organisations
Understand how performance are promoted
Understanding production planning
Understanding rehearsal process
Unit 1 exam – Working in the Performing Arts Industry
Unit 2 – Planning and Performing
Understanding how to respond to a live performance brief
Understanding pre-production and production roles
Understanding rehearsal and development of material
Understanding how to present to an audience
Understand how to review a live performance