Dance is studied in the three strands of Performance, Composition and Appreciation Allowing students to improve their physical ability, stamina and dance skills through practical participation in different dance styles. Students are given the opportunity to perform as a soloist, and as part of a group. Dance gives students confidence and expression, understanding a deeper value of a healthy lifestyle and expressive qualities. We also offer a variety of extra-curricular dance clubs across all years, community outreach and performances to further enrich our students’ experience of dance.
Year 7 and Year 8
One lesson a fortnight in Year 7 and 8, where students explore different dance styles, building knowledge of Ballet, musical theatre and embedding choreographic terminology through practical tasks. Dance at Nobel also provides students with a variety of learning opportunities both in lessons and extra -curricular creating a love of the subject and motivation to challenge themselves to be the best they can be.
As a department we aim to provide a creative, engaging and expansive dance education. Topic areas develop curiosity and collaborative skills, encouraging independent learning and self-discipline. The curriculum is taught choreographic process through Contemporary dance, Musical theatre styles, and we look closely at professional choreographers as a source of inspiration for choreographic outcomes to build a foundation into GCSE. Although a competitive environment is encouraged students are taught how to work within a team to achieve a goal and celebrate together. Dance at Nobel provides students with a variety of learning opportunities both in lessons and extra -curricular creating a love of the subject and motivation to challenge themselves to be the best they can.
GCSE & A Level
Students will have a good knowledge of contemporary Dance; they will be able to performance a solo in a contemporary style accurately. Students will have a good understanding of the choreographic process and will be able to demonstrate this through creating and explain their own dance work.
Students will be able to interpret and analyse professional dance works and will be able to link choreographic choices to dance intentions. Students will be able to perform using sound physical, expressive and technical skills. Dancers at Nobel will be able to demonstrate and explain dance terminology effectively and will thrive of working in collaboratively and independently. We follow the three stranded approach of Performance, Composition and Appreciation.
Performance – the skills necessary to perform successfully as part of group or a soloist learning how to improve their performance techniques.
Choreography – how to create movement from a stimulus, how to develop and structure it into a coherent piece of work either from a stimulus or inspired from a professional choreographer.
Appreciation – studying dances and appreciating what makes them successful, studying various professional dances interpreting their themes, movement, lighting, costume and design.