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“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.

Key stage 3 content

Students have a Dance lesson each week on a rotation basis.





Year 7

Dancers Tool kit: Exploring and introduction to Dance and physical skills  

Assessment: practical and written test

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

Assessment: practical work and  Homework project

Viral Dance crazes- This has been inspired by new Dance crazes that have been formed and linked by specific music/ songs

Fitness and healthy living

Assessment: practical and written test


Year 8

African Dance unit- linked with Black History Month

Tiriba, Azonto, Shoki, Afro Beat

Assessment: practical and written test

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

Assessment: practical work and Homework project

Physical skills and Locking fitness and healthy living

Assessment: practical and written test

Year 9

Physical skills – linked to Dance genres  

 Assessment: practical and written test

Technical skills – linked to Dance genres

Fitness and healthy living

Assessment: practical and written test

Physical, technical, expressive and mental skills

Assessment: practical and written test


Outside the classroom

The department offers a wide variety of opportunities in which students can get involved. 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. 

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Miss Rena Choolun Head of Dance -