“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking” Agnes de Mille

Teacher of Dance / Head of Arts Faculty Miss J Lawlor
Teacher of Dance Mrs J Feakins-Taylor

Dance is taught as part of the PE curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9 with students having four periods of PE per fortnight. We offer students the opportunity to study BTEC Dance in Years 10 and 11, and A'Level Dance in Years 12 and 13. Further details about the A'Level course are available on the Sixth Form website.


Dance as a subject is unique, in that it blends artistic practice with physical activity. In Dance at Bishop Luffa School students will experience high quality teaching through the delivery of an exciting and inclusive curriculum. We aim to enable students to gain artistic skills and discipline, as well as developing their ability in physical interaction, teamwork, problem solving, observing, evaluating, verbal and non-verbal communication. Through dance students will have the opportunity to collaborate with other art forms, and make connections with design in space, musicality and creativity. In the classroom they will examine how dance practitioners use their art form to communicate with audiences and offer different perspectives on the world. In turn students will be encouraged to express ideas and explore their own creative voice through creating original dance works. There will also be a variety of extended opportunities beyond the classroom to inspire students further such as the Interhouse Dance competition, theatre visits, workshops with professional dance companies and performances. Dance can promote positive changes in students' well-being and improve self-esteem and confidence.

Taking part in Dance can support students own personal and spiritual development through dance performance, making dances and examining the work of others. They will be able to enjoy learning about others and the world around them through exploring dances from different cultures and eras. When creating dances students will use their imagination and creativity to explore different dance ideas and starting points. Through examining the work of others students will be reflective, offer different perspectives and share their feelings about what they are seeing and learning about. Overall students will be able to share their love, interest and enjoyment of dance with each other and different audiences to reflect their experiences in this subject.

Dance Learning Journey

This is a visual representation of how students' knowledge and skills develop through the Dance curriculum.

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Dance Learning Journey

Why Study BTEC Dance?

This Level 2 course (1 GCSE equivalent) is aimed at all students with a keen interest in dance and/or those who aiming for a career in the Performing Arts industry. Throughout the course they will explore and develop a wide range of skills required for successful performance. In addition they will develop their knowledge and understanding of different dances styles and genres through studying professional dance repertory. Students will also create work in response to a range of stimulus and themes, working cooperatively with others to choreograph dance pieces. The qualification can be used as a stepping stone to a Level 3 in Performing Arts or Dance qualification or further performance education. The course will encourage personal development through practical participation and performances in a range of disciplines. Students should be highly motivated and prepared to work hard to achieve their goals and being able to work with others is equally important.

BTEC Assessment

Component 1 - Exploring the Performing Arts (30%) Internally assessed (ongoing assessment)
Learners will produce a written report, presentation, vlog or other similar evidence of understanding of three professional dance works and the work of key practitioners. Evidence will also include participation in practical dance activities which will be filmed.

Component 2 - Developing Skills and Techniques in Dance (30%) Internally assessed (ongoing assessment)
Learners will assessed in workshops, classes and rehearsal. They will be required to demonstrate their development of technique and dance skills required for performance. At the end of the component learners will demonstrate their application and use of skills in the performance of professional dance repertoire. In addition learners will present a logbook to illustrate their ongoing development and improvement.

Component 3 – Responding to a Brief (40%) Externally assessed
Learners will develop ideas in response to brief in addition to selecting and developing dance skills and techniques to meet the brief. Throughout the process they will need to keep a record of ideas, research and skills development. This will culminate in a final live performance to a target audience. Learners will be expected to capture their ideas in a written log and evaluation report which will be completed across 3 hours under supervised conditions.

BTEC Dance 1/2 Tech award in Performing Arts (Dance Approach) Syllabus Number: 603/0406/6 specification