Dance

 

 

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Subject Leader: Miss A White 

Subject Leader Email Address: alice.white@swale.at

 

When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor.  It's to enjoy each step along the way.

WAYNE DYER

Subject overview

Dance at The Sittingbourne School is an option subject at Key Stage 4 and 5 with a large extra-curricular programme for all students from Key Stages 3-5.
 
Extra curricular activities are led by Miss White and selected students.  Year 7 have their own club and from Year 8 we have mixed year group dance companies.  These allow students to work with and learn from each other. Dance styles range from contemporary and lyrical, to street and musical theatre, so there is something for everyone; the focus of the groups is for students to have fun and challenge themselves.
 
Students have opportunities to develop their performance skills and demonstrate the hard work they have put into lessons and extra-curricular activities through our biannual dance shows . Students are also given opportunities to attend professional workshops and live performances at local and West End theatres. 
 
Alongside dance-specific study, and as well as developing technical and performance skills, dance also develops a range of personal and life skills which will support students in further education and future employment, whether in the performing arts industry or something completely different. Students develop their confidence, organisation, communication, creativity, teamwork and leadership skills while developing their sense of responsibility and empathy.
 

Year 10

During the first year of the BTEC Tech Award Performing Arts course, students will develop their technical dance skills through technique classes and workshops in a range of different dance styles. Students will also gain knowledge and appreciation of the features that make a dance and have the opportunity to develop their creativity and choreographic skills through developing and creating their own work. Over two thirds of the course is delivered practically, offering students a chance to be active, creative and move around; something which many students appreciate as a welcome balance to other subjects.

In addition to taking part in the TSS dance shows, students in Year 10 will also have the exciting opportunity to represent the school at Swale Dance Fever, the Swale Academy Trust’s annual dance event. Students will apply what they have learnt to collaborate with their teacher and create a new and original performance to be shared and performed at the event. 

There are three components in the BTEC course and Year 10 will focus on Component 1. Within this component, students will develop their understanding of the performing arts by studying a range of professional dance works, from hip hop to musical theatre and contemporary. Students will gain an insight into how and why different productions are created; the people involved and their specific skills and responsibilities; and the steps that those people take to arrive at a final performance. This will be studied in a variety of ways, from theory lessons and practical technique classes in specific styles, to workshops where students will be able to sample the varied approaches taken and experience what it would be like to be a dancer in those productions. 

Year 11

In Year 11 students will build on and apply their knowledge and experience gained in Year 10 to complete Components 2 and 3 of the BTEC course. 

In Component 2, students will evaluate and analyse their own ability in order to improve their dance skills through technique classes as well as the rehearsal and performance of a piece of professional dance, which is selected based on the skills and interests of the group. Students will develop their analytical and reflective skills to identify their own strengths and weaknesses in order to make improvements and reach their full potential.

For the final component, students will draw on everything they have learnt, from the varied approaches to choreography and the ability to be self critical, to the technical and performance skills required to bring a dance to life. Working independently from their teacher, students will collaborate in small groups, to respond to a given brief and create an extended piece of dance. The two year course culminates in a final performance of these dance works in a celebratory showcase of dance with friends and family.

Following on from this course, many students choose to continue their dance study at TSS sixth form or dance colleges. Students who do not continue their dance studies academically often continue to dance through extra-curricular routes and often comment on how taking dance helped them to gain confidence and other life skills which they take with them into their further education and employment. 
 

 

Sixth Form

Students study the BTEC National Performing Arts course (with a dance approach). This course aims to provide students with a practical and theoretical understanding of professional performances and the working environment. Students will have the opportunity to improve their skills and knowledge in a variety of styles including contemporary and jazz and they will study a range of choreographers and dance works across the course. This will develop their understanding of the context behind performances, key practitioners and the development of dance over time. Many of the projects undertaken will enable students to work creatively and collaboratively in devising ideas, choreographing and developing performance material.  To support students’ growth as performers, we provide opportunities to see live dance performances by renowned dance companies, as well as master classes provided by visiting professionals. 

The course gives students the opportunity to gain an understanding of career progressions and the life of a dancer and also allows them to focus on the essential techniques and disciplines needed to prepare them for work in a variety of roles in the performing arts industry, for example on stage, in television or as a teacher. It will also develop a range of analytical, creative thinking, evaluative and life skills to assist students in whichever path they choose in the future.