Dance Department 

Dance plays an important role at North Leamington School both within the Performance Faculty Curriculum and as part of extra curricular activities.


Year 7-8

Year 7 and 8 girls have dance over a block of 8 weeks in a rotation within the Physical Education Department. They will learn the following skills:

·         Movement memory and accuracy

·         Coordination

·         Balance and control 

·         Structuring movement 

·         Timing, eye focus and spacing 

·         Choreographic devices – (Formations, Levels, Unison and Canon) 

They will learn dances, how to perform and how to create dances.  

Units covered include:


Year 7 Themes

Dance in Musicals

Dance from around the world


Year 8 Themes

Lindy Hop 


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Year 9-10 – This is a new BTEC Course for first teaching in September 2017


Pupils can choose to study dance in Year 9 through the BTEC New Tech Award in Dance, which is the equivalent to a GCSE qualification.


Pupils will learn about dance through practical and theoretical study.  Assessments and tasks will focus on current practices within the professional world of dance involving performances, case studies of professional dancers and companies.  


Pupils must be prepared to perform in front of an audience in the theatre and undertake a creative task project responding to a set brief, which will be recorded for external examining.  


Year 9 will be an introduction to BTEC Dance with pupils developing their dance skills and completing a practice assignment related to the internal assessment based BTEC Component Two.  Pupils will also perform as part of the Dance Recital in March.  Pupils will start to complete Component Two as part of the BTEC qualification in the summer term.   


Units Studied in Year 10 and Year 11


·         Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts

Pupils will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioners’ work and the processes used to create performance.


·         Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

Pupils will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of dance and repertoire.


·         Component 3: Performing to a Brief

Pupils will be given the opportunity to work as part of a group to create a workshop performance in response to a given brief and stimulus. 

Year 11

Year 11 are completing the BTEC Level Two Certificate in Performing Arts: Dance. Pupils will complete 3 units of work: 2 Core, 1 specialist.


In year 10 they have completed the units below:


Unit 2: Preparation, Performance and Production

Learners will learn how to prepare for a live performance including the organisational side of ensuring performances are ready.  Learners’ will be fully involved in and responsible for the creation of the performance piece from undertaking research to creating movement material and structuring the dance.


Specialist Units


Unit 4 – Dance Skills

Learners will develop their dance skills through rehearsing and perform choreographed dance pieces. It will also enable learners to demonstrate different dance styles in short performances.


In Year 11 they will be completing Unit 1 as described:


Core Unit


Unit 1: Individual Showcase

Learners’ will study a progression opportunity within dance and the process of audition.  The process will be as realistic as possible.  They will write a letter of application and prepare two performance pieces both of 2 minutes in length in response to pre-released progression opportunities provided by Edxcel.


Skills learnt as well as dance:


Team work 



Creative thinking 


Self promotion 




Sixth Form


Dance is studied as an A-Level qualification in year 12 and 13


What is the course about?


Dancing and choreography are the focus in this new style course.  The course will enable interested students to carry on dancing, to study dance theoretically, to further their general Arts interests, or to complement other Arts and non Arts based courses, or to enable progression into a dance career and further study.




Assessment is made through either practical moderation or examination and through examination for a theory paper.  50 % is Practical and 50% is Theory based.


Studied in Year 12


Component 1: Performance and choreography

• Solo Performance and Choreography • Performance in a duet/trio



• Practical exam – marked by an external assessor

• 80 marks

·  25% Of A-Level


Component 2: Critical engagement- Theoretical


• Two areas of study within the dance profession 

• Reflection and understanding of your own choreographic and performance practice



• Written exam: 2 hours

• 80 marks

·  25% Of A-Level

Studied in Year 13


Component 1: Performance and choreography

• Solo performance linked to a specific practitioner within an area of study

• Performance in a quartet

• Group choreography




• Practical exam – Marked by an external assessor

• 80 marks

·  25% Of A-Level


Component 2: Critical engagement


• Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of a compulsory set work and its location within a corresponding area of study

• Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of one optional set work and its location within a corresponding area of study




• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

• 100 marks

• 25% Of A-Level




Pupils studying dance in year 9-11 will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop with a professional dance company.  Motionhouse and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Dance Company have delivered dance workshops at North Leamington School over the past years.  The pupils have also been on trips to see live professional dance companies.




Dance clubs run at different times during the year.  Pupils are invited to attend the dance recital in March to watch the yr9 – 11 BTEC Dancers.  Clubs may also present work if completed. 

Pupils are advised to check the notices for club running times as these vary through the year.



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