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St Wilfrid's Catholic School

Subject Leader:                Miss Towson

Dance Teacher:                Miss Lintern-Goodall


The Dance department strive to develop student’s creative, technical and performance skills through enjoyable fast-paced dynamic lessons. The subjects chosen are derived to engage and instantly interest students by using current performance artists as examples and set works that inspire students to develop their own material. We encourage students to push their physical capabilities and create original responses in order to develop as a performer and choreographer.

KS3 Girls

  • Year 7 girls investigate The Car Man by Matthew Bourne and explore the chaos of a bustling car garage and work with car tyres as props.
  • Year 8 girls investigate different Dance styles. The styles the students explore range from jazz, ballet, and contemporary to hip-hop, Latin and jive.
  • Year 9 girls complete a technique unit and a choreography unit in order to prepare them for GCSE Dance if they wish to take this option. The students work on their performance skills, commitment, energy, balance, extension and focus throughout this unit of work. The students work on choreographic skills using choreographic devices such as repetition, canon and fragmentation.


KS3 Boys

  • Year 7 boys explore a day in the life of a Secret Agent. Students will focus on demonstrating characterisation, energy and extreme dynamic contrast, which will help to develop pupil’s expressive performance skills.
  • Year 8 boys will explore different aspects of a being in a Tribal community. Students will focus on demonstrating strength, stamina and mobility as this unit includes the investigation of the Brazilian martial art Capoeira.
  • Year 9 boys complete a unit of work based on Parkour as they delve into an Urban Playground. Students will focus on the power of control and coordination. The students incorporate elements of dance, with break dancing and free running to create a collaborative group choreography.



Component 1: Performance and choreography (60%)

Performance (30%)

  • Solo Performance (2 x 30 secs)
  • Performance in duet/trio (3 to 5 mins)

Choreography (30%)

  • Solo/Group (2.30-3.30mins)
    Choreography based on exam questions set by the AQA exam board. These are released in September of Year 11.

Component 2: Dance Appreciation (40%)

  • Written examination (1½ hrs) 3 sections:
  • Section A: Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes. Questions will relate to a given stimulus or starting point.
  • Section B: Critical appreciation of own work. Questions will relate to your own experience of performance, or choreography or both within the course.
  • Section C: Critical appreciation of professional works. You will answer questions relating to the GCSE Dance anthology.


Dance Clubs and Opportunities

  • Year 7 and 8 Dance Club every Tuesday
  • Year 9,10 & 11 Dance Club every Thursday
  • Evening of Dance show in March
  • Be a production Dancer rehearsals every Mondays and Wednesday
  • Be in a choreography of the Year 11’s exam pieces and perform in a formal exam
  • Dance Trips and workshops including a trip to Laban, Pineapple, watching professional dance works in the community
  • Become a Dance Student Leader: 6th Formers lead Dance clubs for younger years
  • Audition to become a part of Omnibus Youth Dancy Company when becoming a 6th Former


Supporting Gifted and Talented Students

  • There is a gifted and talented programme to supply students with the best possible opportunities within dance.
  • This includes opportunities to audition for Centre of Advanced training schemes within professional dance schools such as London contemporary Dance School, LABAN and Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
  • Professional training is supplied through workshops with professional companies such as LABAN and Boy Blue who are a company from the GCSE Anthology’s list.
  • Extra Technique classes are run weekly, covering technique such as Cunningham, Graham and Limon technique. 1:1 time with Mrs Lintern-Goodall or Miss Towson is available for all students.