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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

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Dance

Welcome to Dance at Blackfen School for Girls. As an evolving subject Dance is becoming increasingly popular within the school. The subject aims to focus on building students confidence through performance and creativity whilst allowing students to express their leadership and communication skills.

The subject places a strong emphasis on group work, building students team working skills. There are many opportunities for students to involve themselves in performances within school, collaborating with other subjects such as Music, Drama and PPE.

Students will learn a range of physical and technical dance skills within their first year at the school, this will progress throughout Key Stage 3. Dance is then presented as an option at Key Stage 4.

 

Key Stage 3 Dance

Dance is currently working as part of a carousel system at KS3 along with Music and Drama. Students in Years 7, 8 & 9 will spend one term studying each specialism. Each group currently has 5 lessons of Dance over the 2 week timetable.

Year 7

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn Term 1

 

Spring Term 1

 

Summer Term 1

 

An Introduction to Dance using Fairy tales

This unit focuses on introducing students to the 4 main principles of Dance; Action, Space, Dynamics and Relationships. The focus is supported by the idea of creating movement using Fairy tales and characters. This unit not only develops the learners’ creativity but also their confidence due to students performing their work to an in-class audience.

Autumn Term 2

 

Spring Term 1

 

Summer Term 1

 

Dance through the Decades

Now the students have an understanding of the 4 main Dance Principles they can use these skills to create movement. This Unit looks at different styles of Dance taken from the decades such as 1920’s and 1960’s. Throughout the unit students will be looking at the historical context of the styles and how to Dance in this way. Such styles include The Charleston, Rock & Roll and Disco/Jazz Dance.

 

Year 8

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn Term 1

 

Spring Term 1

 

Summer Term 1

 

Professional Works and their Choreographers

This unit focuses on 2 Professional Dance Choreographers and their work. The students will study and research the choreographers and their styles of dance in detail and go on to study one of their professional dance works. Using video students will learn the movement and develop this further to create short group Dance pieces. The unit aims to help students progress in their Dance technique and their creative abilities.

Autumn Term 2

 

Spring Term 1

 

Summer Term 1

 

The Hunger Games

Using the idea of film to influence movement the students will study The Hunger Games. The unit aims for students to work in large ‘districts’ and work closely together to create movement that doesn’t rely solely on music. Using skills learnt in Year 7 such as Space, students will create travelling parade sequences and battle sequence that explore the use of lifts and contact work.

 

Year 9

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn Term 1

 

Spring Term 1

 

Summer Term 1

 

Using a Stimulus to create Dance

This unit focuses on introducing students to a stimulus and using this to create their own dances. A stimulus is an idea that the students will research and explore. This can be anything from text, to music, to art work, to a historical event. The whole unit is ran by the students due to them leading warm ups for the class and exploring their own ideas all based on the group stimulus.

Autumn Term 2

 

Spring Term 1

 

Summer Term 1

 

Cheerleading- Routines, Stunts and Lifts

The unit aims to combine a range of Dance skills such as choreography, relationship to music, use of props, contact work/lifts and performance. The students look at safe practise and why this is important in any sporting environment. The unit prepares those students who are taking Dance further into KS4 but also allows those students who aren’t taking the subject further to bring all the skills learnt throughout KS3 together.

 

Key Stage 4 Dance

Blackfen School for Girls currently offers a BTEC Level 2 First Award in Dance. This course runs over 2 years and will provide the student with lifelong skills and a progression pathway into the performing arts.

Students work closely together to form a Dance Company that will take part in Dance Skill workshops studying numerous professional Dance practitioners. The company will also create their own showcase pieces to be performed to an audience, gain an insight into the professional working world and progression opportunities into the performing arts, obtain access to numerous extra-curricular opportunities and acquire skills in letter writing, application forms, solo performance works and the technical aspects of Dance such as lighting and music.

Units include:

Unit 1- Individual Showcase

Unit 2- Preparation, Performance and Production

Unit 4- Dance Skills

Extra-Curricular Dance

At Blackfen School for Girls we offer a wide range of performance opportunities through extra-curricular classes and clubs. Currently the Dance department runs a Year 7 & 8 Dance Club on Tuesday lunchtimes and a Year 9 & 10 Dance Club on a Thursday afterschool. The clubs are very popular and give the students the opportunity to work and network with new people. The clubs explore a range of different dance styles and allow students to create work for performance showcases and collaborations with subjects such as music.

Every other year Blackfen School for Girls enter a competition called Rock Challenge giving students the opportunity to travel to new places and perform in front of other schools within the area. The show includes costumes, sets, hair and makeup.  On the alternative year the school hosts their Musical where the Drama, Music and Dance department work closely together to create a Performing Arts Spectacular.