Skills For Life
Faculty of Performing Arts
Head of Faculty
Mrs C Ferguson
Head of Dance Department
Miss S Stow
We are very proud to have a fantastic dance studio, equipped with full-length dance mirrors, two changing rooms, air conditioning and a dance-specific, sprung dance floor.
Years 7 and 8
In Year 7 students begin by learning how to create and perform simple dance structures. As they progress, they are introduced to a variety of dance styles including jazz, cheerleading and street dance. The dance curriculum focuses on performance, choreography and dance appreciation, with a view to building confidence and appreciation of the aesthetic in conjunction with the promotion of a healthy, active lifestyle.
Year 9 Arts Award
Students can choose dance as an option subject which they will study from years 9 to 11. In year 9 all performing arts students will follow the syllabus for the Bronze Arts Award. In dance, this involves honing technique, learning foundation repertoire, investigating dance practitioners and of course, lots of performance experience!
BTEC in Years 10 to 13, Levels 2 and 3
In Years 10 and 11, dance students study the vocational level 1/2 BTEC First Award. In Years 12 and 13, students can continue their BTEC dance and/or musical theatre studies through the level 3 BTEC Dance or Performing Arts. The BTEC qualifications are designed to be vocational, therefore there is a strong practical element to both the level 2 and 3 courses. Students will also look at the work of various professional choreographers to enhance their understanding of performance and choreography. The BTEC curriculum is supported by the various extra-curricular trips, clubs and performance opportunities provided by the department. The BTEC level 2 dance course has had an excellent success rate and many students have continued their studies in Dance and Performing Arts in our Sixth Form. BTEC performing arts and dance also have a record of a 100% pass rate at the level 3 Subsidiary Diploma, with a number of students successfully completing the 90-credit diploma with top grades.
The dance department aims to provide a dance club for each year group, regardless of ability. In addition, we have the very successful Kinisi (junior) and Terpsichore (senior) dance companies who are formed of gifted and talented dancers from all year groups. The dance clubs, Kinisi and Terpsichore take part in many performances throughout the year, with the highlight being the annual dance show, an opportunity for students to showcase their wide range of dance talents. We also participate in festivals and events outside of school, the most recent examples being the Medway Schools Dance Festival and the Medway ‘Dance Fusion’ festival.
Our Dance Department appreciate the value of working with a variety of dance practitioners and companies and are always looking to explore links with performing arts organisations. We have recently worked with the Royal Ballet School, where we were selected to participate in the aDvANCE national project with our sixth form dance students performing at the Royal Ballet School. We have also established a link with Loop Dance Company and Canterbury Christchurch University in their Maths Dance project and regularly support Dance Education BA students from the university in their work experience.
The Dance Department regularly offer a range of trips and workshops to support the curriculum and to foster and develop the students’ interest in dance and the performing arts. Recent visits include Pineapple Dance Studios, Move It dance convention, several West End shows including Dirty Dancing, The Bodyguard, Ghost, Mamma Mia! and Phantom of the Opera, as well as visits to dance performances both in London and the local area.