“Dance is the international Language of the world”  Sam Starling

Dance inspires pupils to become creative, develop confidence and fitness. It plays an important part in our school community. Through Dance in education an importance is placed on making links to the social, cultural and historical context of the world. Dance has a unique role to play in the curriculum by combining physical skills, anatomy with imagination and creativity.  Students experience a wide range of different Dance styles and gain transferrable skills which increase confidence, self-esteem, and discipline in a safe and stimulating environment.

Yr7 and Yr8 students will have an average 10 lessons per term on a rotation between the Creative Arts subjects (art, dance, drama and music)

Yr9 students opt to study 3 of the 4 Creative Arts subjects and will receive one lesson per week.





Year 7

Dancers Tool kit: Exploring and introduction to Dance and Anatomy  

Then and Now: Students will explore Dance styles and crazes from the 1920s, 1940s 1960s 1990s and Dance today.
Homework project

Harry Potter Project : Parkour, Acro, Street Dance, Hip-Hop

Year 8

African Dance unit- linked with Black History Month 

Around the World/Identity- Exploration of Dance styles and culture.
Homework project

Elements- Cross curricular link with Science 

Year 9

Dance video unit - Media and Dance  introduction  

The Hip-Hop Years- exploration of Dance styles

Choreography using a Stimulus
Anatomy and the body
Homework project


Outside the classroom

The department offers a wide variety of opportunities in which students can get involved. We currently have a competing BBoy crew and Street Dance crew. Students get the opportunity to perform at a range of venues including Sadlers Wells, BRIT school, South Bank Centre, Arts Depot- North Finchley.

At lunchtime there is an open studio where any students are welcome to come to train or rehearse and develop new skills. We have regular clubs after school ranging from Contemporary to Hip-Hop.

We offer regular trips to the West End to broaden student’s knowledge and appreciation. Beckton Gymnasium is a termly trip where students get to train on a fully sprung floor, sponge pit and air track to develop their physical and technical skills. Our annual trip is to Germany where we take part in the UDO Street Dance Championships.

The Dance department has a partnership link with Sadlers Wells where students have worked with ReBourne Matthew Bourne’s professional company, Zoo Nation, Breaking Convention, Impact Dance and the Jack Petchy Foundation funded by the Royal Academy of Dance.

Progression pathways and careers

Students that study Dance enter a wide range of career areas including Business, Physiotherapy, Education, Performers and Choreographers, Events Management, Youth work. It can also give you the opportunity to travel. Studying Dance provides you with a range of valuable and transferable skills through a range of enriched opportunities and can lead you to broad and diverse world of employment. 

Useful links


Miss Rena Choolun Head of Dance - 

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