Dance

At Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College Dance provides opportunities for artistic and aesthetic education.

Through experiencing Dance in school students can develop emotionally, refining and enriching the expression of feelings, moods and ideas through the symbolic use of movement.
During lessons and extra-curricular work students take part in activities that improve their Dance ability and also important life skills. These skills include: confidence building, creativity, team work, musicality, physical expression, key vocabulary, memory, evaluation, technical Dance skills, cross-curricular links, healthy lifestyles and cultural awareness.

The focus of our department is to develop students’ interest in Dance and the Arts and to encourage participation in the range of activities on offer. We want to compliment the PE curriculum to encourage active lifestyles through movement based lessons.

A key feature of Dance in education is creativity and we want our students to enjoy exploring a wide variety of outcomes from unusual starting points. The curriculum that we have in place includes a variety of inspirations for learning these include: cross curricular links, multi-cultural awareness, relating to professional Dance work and linking with other art forms.

Year 7 Dance


Skill Learning that will take place Inspirations for learning
Performance
Showcasing your work to others
Ø To explore a variety of ways to show exaggeration in dance performanceØ Investigate how to show character in dance performance

Ø Understand the importance of good posture and alignment in dance performance

Virtual RealityPoetry

The professional work:

‘Still Life ‘ at the Penguin Café by David Bintley

Solid, Liquid & Gas

African traditions and culture

ChoreographyTo create imaginative and thoughtful dance Ø Explore how to use a stimulus to inspire dance movement materialØ Understand how to create a meaningful motif

Ø Create and perform using the dance actions
Travel Turn Jump Gesture Stillness Fall

Ø Discuss and implement variety in space
Direction Level Pathway Formation

Ø Apply contrasting dynamics to movement material
Fast/ Slow Fluid/ Jerky

Ø Investigate a variety of dance relationships
Unison Canon Question & Answer Contact work

Analysing & Reflecting Ø To identify key features from a professional dance work
In relation to: Theme and Action contentØ Discuss key features from your own and others workØ Suggest ways to improve your own and others work

Year 8 Dance


Skill Learning that will take place Inspirations for learning
Performance
Showcasing your work to others
Ø To explore a variety of ways to use focus in dance performance

Ø Investigate how to show precision, control and fluency

Ø Understand the importance of working confidently in group performance showing sensitivity to other dancers

Quote:
‘Fly like a butterfly, sting like a bee’SculptureThe professional work:‘Nutcracker!’ by Matthew BourneIndian traditions and culture
Choreography
To create imaginative and thoughtful dance Ø When composing dances draw on what you know, applying knowledge and skill relevant to the themeØ Understand how to develop a motif using :

Dance actions: Travel Turn Jump Gesture Stillness Fall
Repetition/ take actions out/ add new actions/ change the order of actions

Space
Changing: Direction/ Level/ Pathway /Formation

Dynamics
Changing the speed and flow of movement and using climax

Relationships
Adding: Unison Canon Question & Answer Contact work

Analysing & Reflecting Ø To identify key features from a professional dance work
In relation to: Character, costume, set design and lightingØ Justify why you think others dance performance and choreography is effectiveØ Modify and refine your work to develop your dance level

Year 9 Dance


Skill Learning that will take place Inspirations for learning

Performance
Showcasing your work to others
Ø Understand the importance of good timing and musicalityØ implement the use of timing and musicality into your performance work

Ø Develop performance skills that reflect different styles of dance
Contemporary Ballet Street

Ø Show the ability to distinguish between technical and expressive skills

Movement based stimulusThe professional work:
Swansong by Christopher BruceTheme Park ProjectChoosing your own starting point for dance
Choreography
To create imaginative and thoughtful dance
Ø When composing dances draw on what you know, applying knowledge and skill relevant to the themeØ Understand how to structure a dance:
Binary AB
Ternary ABA
Rondo ABACADA
Theme and Variation A1 A2 A3 A4 A5
Narrative ABCDEF
Or a combination of the aboveØ Explore a variety of ways to implement structure into your creative workØ Investigate more complex dance relationships
Complementary ContrastingØ Explore how dance and music work together to enhance dance pieces
Analysing & Reflecting Ø To identify key features from a professional dance work
In relation to: Dynamics, Relationships & Accompaniment (Music)Ø Understand ways to plan for progression in dance

Component 1: Performance and Choreography

 

What’s assessed?

 

Performance

 

  • 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)

 

Choreography

  • 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

 

Performance

  • 30% of GCSE
  • 40 marks

 

Choreography

  • 30% of GCSE
  • 40 marks

 

Total component 60%

Non-exam assessment (NEA) marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.

Component 2: Dance appreciation

Component 2: Dance Appreciation

 

What’s assessed?

 

  • 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
  • 80 marks

 

Questions

Based on students’ own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology.

 

For further information on the new GCSE specification visit:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/dance/specifications/AQA-8236-SP-2016-V1-0.PDF

A Level Dance