Students in Year 7 study the 4 main aspects of dance: actions, dynamics, space and relationships. They have the opportunity to learn set motifs and choreograph their own ideas during duo and group work. They also develop their use of expressive skills and characterisation.
Students in Year 8 study how to respond to a variety of different stimuli to create their own choreographies. They are taught the principles of contact work and are encouraged to demonstrate partner and group lifts. They also broaden their knowledge of different styles of dance and movement.
Students study a fusion of dance and drama techniques throughout Year 9, developing skills previously acquired in Years 7 & 8. Students explore what it is really like to work on a piece of theatre that combines several different elements.
In the topic ‘WW1’ during gain the opportunity to learn, and develop a set motif based on the stimulus of being in the ‘Trenches’. Students will also gain the opportunity to look at the technical aspects of working within the theatre, by learning how to put together a small production.
In the topic ‘The Accordion Shop’ students gain the opportunity to work with scripts and further develop their understanding of what makes a successful production.
During the two year course students gain a deeper understanding of performing arts. The course is made up of three components
Exploring the Performing Arts: get a taste of what it’s like to be a professional dancer. This is an internally assessed assignments.
Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts: develop skills and techniques. This is an internally assessed assignments.
Performing to a Brief: considering how a practitioners adapt their skills for different contexts and put this into practice in a performance. This is an externally assessed task.