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

BTEC Dance

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.


GCSE Dance


Students must develop and apply the following knowledge, understanding and skills to perform dance as a soloist for approximately one minute and in a duet/trio for a minimum of three minutes. The total duration of a student’s performance must be no less than three and a half minutes.



Students must learn how to respond creatively to an externally set stimulus, to choreograph their own complete dance. The dance created must be either:

• a solo dance of a minimum of two minutes and a maximum of two and a half minutes or

• a group dance of a minimum of three minutes and a maximum of three and a half minutes for two to five dancers



• includes a chosen aural setting

• can be in any style or style fusion(s) (as long as it meets the assessment criteria)

• communicates their own chosen choreographic intention.

The student is not required to perform in their choreographed dance but may do so if they wish. To create their own dance, students must know, understand and be able to apply the following, as appropriate to their choreography:



Dance Appreciation

Through written communication and use of appropriate terminology, students must be able to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate their own work in performance and choreography and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of professional practice in the six set works in the GCSE Dance Anthology.


The GCSE Dance Anthology

The GCSE Dance Anthology underpins learning across each of the three core areas. The anthology's mix of artistic, cultural and aesthetically diverse works, has been selected to broaden students' knowledge and understanding of the wide range of dance choreographed and performed in the United Kingdom today.

The anthology consists of six short professional dance works each between 12 and 30 minutes

duration. There is a filmed interview with the choreographer or company associate, which explores the choreographic approach of the choreographer and the defining characteristics of each work. Students must study all six works. Together the six works include:

• different dance styles and fusions of style

• a selection of established and emerging choreographers

• different numbers and combinations of dancers

• a variety of choreographic approaches

• different choreographic structures

• a variety of types of performance environment

• a variety of aural settings

• inclusive dance

• dance influenced by other cultures.

Study of the works can inspire students to develop their own performance, creative and choreographic practice, at the same time as the knowledge, understanding and analytical skills required for critical appreciation. The anthology should be used as an effective way to support the integration of theory and practice. The GCSE Dance Anthology, with details of all six professional works, including films of each performance and interviews with the choreographer or company associate, is available at



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

BTEC Dance

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.



Component 1 - Performance and Choreography

Performance - 30% - 40 marks

• Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration).

• Duet/trio performance (minutes in a dance which is a maximum of five minutes in


Choreography - 30% - 40 marks

• Solo or group choreography – a solo (two to two and a half minutes) or a group dance for two to five dancers (three to three and a half minutes).


Component 2 - Dance Appreciation

40% of GCSE - 80 marks

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

• Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills.

• Critical appreciation of own work.

• Critical appreciation of professional works.


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.