Mrs L Finney
Teacher of Dance
Miss L Bott
Dance at CWLC is highly celebrated with exceptional performances and first rate dance teaching in a friendly and supportive environment. The variety of dance offered allows every child to develop and flourish in their own unique way. We encourage all students to take part in dance, recognising it as a rigorous and exciting discipline, but more importantly a channel for every individual to build confidence and self-expression and exceed expectations beyond their dreams.
Students in Years 7-9 participate in mixed sex, mixed ability, creative and educational dance classes based on a variety of dance genres, styles and themes. These classes are fun, encouraging freedom of expression by exploring physical skills and basic composition through task led improvisation and choreographic exercises. Whilst we focus on developing dance technique, we also create schemes of work which help to unlock creative potential, develop confidence and resilience. We focus on embedding knowledge of the benefits of Dance participation and engagement and how the subject is a means of developing a myriad of ‘life’ skills such as self-discipline, confidence, self-awareness and leadership to name but a few. We provide a highly diverse scheme of learning introducing and developing on the three strands of performance, composition and appreciation. We use a range of relevant and cross curricular themes to engage students and educate the whole child.
Students are given the choice to study dance as one of their options in year 9. This is an extremely exciting opportunity to be part of a passionate group with likeminded students who share the same interest and skills in dance. Whilst exploring elements of the GCSE course in preparation for year 10, we also study a variety of dance styles to give the students a broader spectrum of dance training. Whilst honing in on technique we aim to develop the student’s choreographic skills by unlocking their creative potential. Throughout the year, the students will take part in performance platforms and will be taken to the theatre or alternative professional dance venue.
AQA GCSE Dance
Component 1: Performance and choreography
Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration)
Duet/trio performance (three minutes in a dance which is a maximum of five minutes in duration)
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)
How it’s assessed
Internally marked and externally moderated
30% of GCSE
30% of GCSE
Total component 60%
Component 2: Dance appreciation
Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
Critical appreciation of own work
Critical appreciation of professional works
How it’s assessed
40% of GCSE
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
Based on students’ own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology.
Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form,
Phone: 01905 423906