Who we are
Miss D. Nelson
Mrs H. Batley
At Kings the Performing Arts department are passionate about making the Arts accessible for all and passing on not only our passion for our individual art forms but also the transferable skills so desired by employers and universities. We encourage and model creative thinking, the pushing of boundaries and originality - mirrored in our student and devised school productions. We create space for our young people to explore and improvise in a safe, enjoyable and creative environment.
In Year 7 students will complete a baseline assessment and complete a choreography unit exploring basic choreographic devices using a Kandinsky painting as a stimulus and a performance skills unit looking at Bollywood dance.
The final unit will be spent exploring dance styles. Students will learn some basic technique and steps from the style and work in small groups to create their own short dances.
In Year 8 students will complete the following units of work:
Cyber Dance (street dance)
Choreography Unit using the stimulus of ‘Time’
In Year 9 students will complete the following units of work:
Contemporary dance technique and whole class choreography
‘Carman’ choreography unit based on the professional work by Matthew Bourne
‘Find It!’ solo performance based on the old GCSE dance set study
Examination Board: AQA
Specification Code 8236
GCSE Dance is a practical subject, but does have a written examination, which enables students to:
Breakdown of the Course:
Unit 1:- Performance and Choreography 60%
Solo and trio performances using phrases set by the exam board
Solo or group choreography working from a stimulus set by the exam board
Unit 2:- Dance Appreciation 40%
Theory work involving critical appreciation of students own work and of six professional set works set by the exam board. ‘A Linha Curva’ by Rambert, ‘Within Her Eyes’ by James Cousins Dance Company, ‘Emancipation of Expression’ by Blue Boy Inc. Dance, ‘Artificial Things’ by Stop Gap Dance Company, ‘Shadows’ by Christopher Bruce, and ‘Infra’ by Richard Alston Dance Company. The written exam lasts for 1 hour and 30.
GCSE Dance students at Kings International are offered a number of performance opportunities throughout the course, both in and out of college. During the course students enjoy learning different styles of dance and developing their understanding of professional dance works. Students also benefit from watching live professional dance works and taking part in dance workshops led by professional choreographers.
Students enjoy GCSE Dance at Kings International and this is reflected in the results. Examples of results for this subject are as follows: 2019:- 90% grade 9-4, 80% grade 9-5, 40% grade 9-7. Students regularly achieve beyond their aspirational targets and results are always well above the national average.
Students will have to perform in public as part of this course.