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Dance 2017 2 Comp



Mrs Claire Noonan, Head of DepartmentDance 2017 4 Comp

Miss Laura Murphy

Dance is offered throughout the key stages, contributing to both the artistic and physical education of our students. In Key Stage 3 Dance is taught as part of the PE curriculum and is offered at GCSE and A-Level in the upper Key Stages.



Dance clubs are on offer for all students in Year 7 – 8. Such clubs culminate in performing at showcases in school as well as numerous opportunities to perform within the local community. The senior dance clubs (Key Stage 4/5) focus on choreography and performance and have performed in numerous showcases within North Yorkshire.

The Dance department works closely with local dance organisations and professionals in the industry. Many of our past pupils have gone on to study at dance conservatoires and now, as professionals, regularly return to deliver workshops for our pupils. Many of our dancers are members of The North Yorkshire County Youth Dance Company.

We firmly believe in working with professional artists to give a wide and enriching dance programme as possible. We currently enjoy links with:-

Northern BalletDance 2017 comp
Matthew Bourne – New Adventures
Retina Dance Company
Lynton Academy
Laura Murphy
North Yorkshire Dance




We seize every opportunity to perform dance within school and in our wider community. Within school, pupils are given the opportunity to dance in the school production, within liturgies, at Arts Evenings and curriculum performances. Within the community we have performed at our feeder primary schools, The Great Yorkshire Show, local churches & cathedrals and The Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival to name a few.

Why choose dance?

  • To develop physical skills, critical skills and social development
  • To increase fitness and wellbeingDance 2017 5 Comp
  • To develop self esteem through performance
  • To develop awareness and sensitivity towards others through team working
  • To develop creativity and problem solving skills through choreography
  • To develop knowledge, opinion and preferences through viewing professional dances.


What will I study?

All dance styles: such as jazz, contemporary, street dance, ballet and musical theatre are studied. Creating dances is a major part of the course. You will learn how to structure dance and create movement both individually as part of a duo/group. Theory lessons will involve the analysis of dance by studying the works of leading choreographers from contemporary dance, ballet and musical theatre.

Dance 2017 3 Comp

GCSE Dance

GCSE Dance is a powerful and expressive subject which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity, whatever their previous experience in the subject.

This specification recognises the role of dance in young people’s lives and students will study a range of dance styles. They can choose any style to perform and choreograph in, providing it meets the assessment criteria.

Students must complete both assessment components.

Component 1: Performance and Choreography
Dance 2017 6 Comp

Performance: 30% of GCSE

  • Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration)
  • Duet/trio performance (three and a half minutes in duration)

Choreography: 30% of GCSE

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 AppreciationDance 2017 7 Comp

  • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
  • Critical appreciation of own work
  • Critical appreciation of professional works


  • 40% of GCSE
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

For further information regarding GCSE Dance please contact Mrs Noonan or visit the AQA website