Department Aims

Throughout all dance lessons at Parklands we promote students being both creative and confident. We encourage individuality in their styles and provide many opportunities to work both independently and as part of a larger group. Whilst some lessons are structured and choreography is teacher led, we also provide many opportunities for students to be autonomous and create their own choreography. Enjoyment and opportunity are also two large factors. We work hard to ensure all lessons and opportunities are both fun and accessible in order to provide a basis for lifelong participation. We pride ourselves on our annual dance show being an excellent performance opportunity for students and work hard throughout the year to ensure that a variety of styles and levels of challenge are offered

Programmes of Study

Unit 1 : Individual Showcase - This unit focusses on the dancer applying for a job or place at a theatre school in the performing arts industry. It involves the student choreographing solo dance audition pieces, creating formal presentations on a given topic and also writing formal letters of application. The skills from this unit can be applied to many job application processes, not just those in the arts.

Unit 2: Preparation, performance & production - The main aim of this unit is to focus on the student’s performance skills and provide them with the opportunity to be involved in a full staged performance. As well as attending classes to learn performance routines, students will study the background and themes of the selected piece, providing detailed research notes. They will also be responsible for costume selection and elements of staging the piece.
Unit 4: Dance skills - Throughout this unit students will study a variety of dance styles and work on their basic dance technique. Throughout this process they will provide regular and detailed reviews of their own performance and ability. In doing so they will also set themselves targets and goals that they will work towards.

Expectations/Approaches/Policies

We set high standards at all times with regards to our expectations. Students are required to wear appropriate dance kit at all times. Required kit may vary depending on the dance style covered and students are expected to know this and adapt accordingly. Students are expected to arrive punctually to lessons, changing quickly to ensure minimal lesson time is lost.

We also set high standards with regards to behaviour to learning and achievement expectations. We continually encourage students to be actively involved in their learning, ensuring that they all contribute. We also work on the ethos that all students are aiming for a Distinction*.

Finally outside of the classroom all students are encouraged to complete homework punctually and accurately. We also recommend they take up as many dance opportunities as possible as this will have a significant positive impact on performance.

Marking and Assessment

Please access the link to our current Assessment Policy.

Exams taken

The course delivered is the Edexcel Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts. The selected pathway is dance.

Both units 2 and 4 are assessed internally and then externally verified.

Unit 1 is an externally assessed unit whereby all work is sent to the exam board for qualification.

Staff list

Miss G Marr - Curriculum Leader for Dance

Mrs L Robinson - Teacher of Dance

Extra-curricular activities

Y7  Dance club - Monday 3.00-4.15pm

Y 8 & 9 Dance club - Thursday 3.00-4.15pm

Y 10 & 11 Dance club - Tuesday 3.00-4.15pm

Y 7 & 8 G&T Dance team - Thursday 1.30-2.00pm

Y 9, 10 & 11 G&T Dance team - Thursday 3.00-4.15pm

How parents can support their children

Dance kit is compulsory and although dance shoes are optional, these can however have a big impact on your child’s performance. Dance shoes are available through school at a discounted rate to dance suppliers.
The more practical experience, the better. Encourage your child to attend school dance club and, where possible, external dance lessons.
Encourage your child to watch back all shared performance videos and analyse their performance.
Ensure they are keeping up to date with fortnightly dance diaries, analysing their strengths and weaknesses.
Encourage your child to attend all theatre and college trips we run as well as any additional dance workshops.