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Year 7:

Students have the ability to learn 3 units of work that introduces the basics of dance to them.

Year 7

students will be able to use these basic skills to demonstrate their ability to perform dance and to communicate, mood, meaning and intention using a variety of dance vocabulary.

Unit 1: An Introduction to Dance/Chance dance.

The basic skills that underpin all dance performance and choreography

Unit 2: Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!

Exploring newly learnt skills and developing knowledge of dynamics within dance

Unit 3: Swansong

An exploration of relationships and characterisation in dance and how this can be



Year 8:

Students will be able to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding previous taught to them in year 7 and apply these in a more complex and creative way. Students are able to bring their own knowledge of popular culture dance and use this within class work

Unit 1: Abstract Sport

Using a range of sports, students will be able to use specific actions and dynamics to create a performance that is abstract in nature

Unit 2: Street Dance

Students will be taught the stylistic features of street dance and use this to create a class performance that is utilising the street dance battle

Unit 3: Lindy Hop

Students will gain the ability and experience of dancing in a duet. They will learn the stylistic features of the Lindy Hop and use these to choreograph lifts, steps and their own



Year 9:

Students are able to utilise the knowledge and skills that have been previous taught to them in previous years and use these to create, choreograph and perform a range of dance styles. This is specifically designed to give the student a broad range dance style experience as well as being as current as we can for today’s modern dance education.

Unit 1: Perfect by Motionhouse

This teaches the students advance skills of contact work and how to lift a partner in a safe and creative way. Links are made to the professional work through the use of time.

Unit 2: Strictly Come Dancing:

Using their skills and experience taught from year 8 Lindy hop, students advance these skills through learning 2 dance styles linked to Strictly Come Dancing: American Smooth and Salsa. Students will dance in a duet and create an opening class choreography that is linked to the television show.

Unit 3: Hairspray

Using the film and the west end show as a stimulus, students will learn the stylistic features of Jazz dance with the focus on musical theatre. Students will create a choreography to You Can’t Stop the Beat ensuring the performance skills of musical theatre are used throughout.

Unit 4: Guernica/stimulus

Students will gain the knowledge and understanding of how to use a picture as a stimulus. Students will be able to choreograph their own dance based on a specific picture and present this to music, props and costume of their own choosing

Unit 5: Waacking

This is a dance style that is progressing within the London dance scene. Waacking is linked to 1970’s disco scene. Students will learn the stylistic features of Waacking and choreograph their own sequences to a variety of disco songs. Students will be assessed by creating their own music video

Unit 6: Bollywood

Students will learn the stylistic features of Bollywood dance and how this is used within the context of a Bollywood film. Students will learn phrases and choreograph their own and create a Bollywood bonanza. Studnets will choose their own site specific location and perform their dance as if they are on a Bollywood film on location.


Examination Board: AQA GCSE Dance 8236: specification 









Course Description:

The course is divided into 2 components that ensure all students receive a broad and balanced education within the dance curriculum. All components are compulsory and all contribute to the overall GCSE grade at the end of the course.

Component 1: Performance and Choreography

This component allows students to develop their knowledge and understanding of how to perform and how to create dance in a creative and imaginative way.

~ Performance (30%)

            Perform 2 set phrases as solo

            Perform a duo/trio

~Choreography (30%)

            Create a group choreography

Component 2: Dance Appreciation

Students will develop a range of skills that will assist them with being able to effectively analyse, interpret, compare and contrast and evaluate their own work and that of a range of other professional works. This is a written examination

~Dance appreciation (40%)

            Critical appreciation of professional works

            Critical appreciation of their own work

            The choreography process and performing skills



This qualification is assessed through a practical examination moderated through AQA

A written examination at the end of course lasting 1.30 hours 

There is no coursework for this qualification.

 Why Study Dance GCSE?

The knowledge and skills learnt and developed through choosing dance at GCSE are clearly transferable to other qualifications at Key Stage 4 and beyond. Students will build self-confidence, self-esteem and body awareness while on this course. They will in addition learn to lead, problem solve and negotiate within small groups and develop their social communication skills through group work, analysis and practical applications. Dance GCSE will also develop student’s ability to be creative, innovative and to manage their own time effectively and efficiently. These skills and attributes are also also transferable to a wide range of environments found in the work place and higher education

A Practical, creative option such as Dance can be an effective contrast for other academic written subjects that the students opt for.