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The BTEC Performing Arts Tech Award Dance gives students the opportunity to develop dance knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment.  The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:

  • Development of key skills that prove your aptitude in performing arts such as reproducing repertoire or responding to stimuli.
  • Process that underpins effective ways of working in the performing arts, such as development of ideas, rehearsal and performance.
  • Attitudes that are considered most important in the performing arts, including personal management and communication.
  • Knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector, such as roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles.

This Award complements the learning in other GCSE programmes such as GCSE Drama by broadening experience and skills participation in different types of performance activities, with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills practically, through project work such as developing ideas and performing for specific audiences.

At KS3 level in core PE students develop their dance skills exploring choreography and dance technique.

Year 7

Students study the characterisation of cartoons and apply this to their choice of dance style.  They are then expected to use their choreography skills to create a dance piece set in an impossible situation.

Year 8

Students are required to respond to a stimuli; ‘the Honda Advert’.  Their choreography must include movement and style that represent the mechanical cogs.  The dance style is focussed around question and answer style of dance where every movement must cause a reaction.

Year 9

We allow students to creatively choreograph their dance based on an ‘Around the World’ theme. The dance must come from a culture or community and is performed in traditional dress for their final assessment.

Year 10 & Year 11

BTEC Performing Arts Tech Award: Dance is a new exciting course which will develop performing, analysing and evaluating skills within the form of Dance.  Students will study three different components over the course of two years.

The components studied will introduce students to a range of dance works. These are then explored practically and theoretically.

Component One: Professional Work (worth 30% of final exam grade).  Students will examine professional practitioner’s performance works and explore the interrelationships between features of existing performance material.  

Component Two: Performance (worth 30% of final exam grade).  Students will develop their skills within dance performance, apply their dance skills to a performance piece and review their own development.

Component Three: Responding to a stimuli (worth 40% of final exam grade).  Students will understand how to respond to a brief, develop their skills and techniques and apply these in a workshop performance that is examined.