Dance is well-established within the curriculum and is a vibrant, ever changing subject, which enables our students to develop their communication, problem solving and confidence, as well as maturing their memory, creativity and initiative.

Dance is taught at both key stage 3 and 4 at Abbs Cross Academy.  It is taught within the Performing Arts context and increases students’ knowledge on physical, technical and expressive skills.

General Outcomes and Objectives of Dance

  1. Promotion of fitness, healthy lifestyle, teamwork and creativity.
  2. Develops independent learning.
  3. Allows for critical and reflective thinking.
  4. Matures students’ understanding of a range of dance styles through performance, creation and appreciation.
  5. Advances physical, technical and expressive skills, which you are able to communicate choreographic intention and individuality as a performer.

GCSE Dance

GCSE Dance helps students to develop technical and expressive skills as well as knowledge and understanding of dance through performance, choreography and critical appreciation.

The course combines practical and written skills with a focus on choreography and performance, as well as analysis and criticism of dance.


Dance Studio is open four days out of five, morning and lunchtime for students who want to use the space to either rehearse for a piece of class work, school performances or an outside school event.

The Dance Department offer a variety of dance clubs and companies:

AX Jnrs: This is an auditioned company for year 8 and year 9 students who show exceptional performance, choreographic and technical dance skills. The company is timetabled for rehearsal once a week with Miss Monaghan and participate in multiple annual events, internally and externally.

AX Dance Company: The Dance Company was founded in 2003. Year 10 and 11 students audition for their place in the dance company, to compete in multiple external competitions, performances and internal events throughout the academic year. The company rehearse once a week after school with Miss Monaghan.

Support for your learning

  • GCSE Dance Specification

  • Sadler’s Wells Performances

  • Dance Anthologies