Dance is well-established within the curriculum at Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College 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 within the Performing Arts faculty and increases students’ knowledge on physical, technical and expressive skills, through practical activity.

General Outcomes and Objectives of Dance

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

We expect

  • All students to take their shoes off at the bottom of the stairs, before walking up to the dance studio
  • All students to comply with changing expectations, both male and female, getting changed into their dance kit, in less than 6 minutes
  • All students to wear the Abbs Cross Academy green polo shirt, with Abbs Cross Academy black shorts
  • All students to tie up their hair
  • All students to rehearse and perform bare foot
  • If a non-participant, students should bring in a note that is dated and signed by a parent/carer/ guardian.
  • All non-participants are expected to bring in their kit and will complete a non-participant worksheet.
  • All non-participants are expected to catch up on any work missed.

In KS3, students are enriched with multiple genres of dance, where they can increase their physical and mental skills, enhancing teamwork, communication skills and practical ability.

Students are able to observe professional works and peers, to aspire and encourage further improvements in performances.

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn Introduction To Dance: The Five Basic Body Actions Dance For Musical: Hairspray GCSE Anthology: Street Dance
Spring Dance For Musical: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Dance Genres: Dance Icons GCSE Anthology: Samba Dance
Summer Dance Genre: Street Dance World Dance: Bollywood GCSE Anthology: Theme and Contact

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.

The subject content details the knowledge, understanding and skills that students are expected to learn during the course of study. This is set out below in three core areas of dance: performance, choreography and appreciation.

  • Component 1A: Performance - Students must develop and apply the following knowledge, understanding and skills to perform dance as a soloist for approximately one minute and in a duet/trio for a minimum of three minutes
  • Component 1B: Choreography - Students must learn how to respond creatively to an externally set stimulus, to choreograph their own complete dance. The dance created must be either: • a solo dance of a minimum of two minutes and a maximum of two and a half minutes or • a group dance of a minimum of three minutes and a maximum of three and a half minutes for two to five dancers.
  • Component 2: Dance Appreciation - Through written communication and use of appropriate terminology, students must be able to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate their own work in performance and choreography and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of professional practice in the six set works in the GCSE Dance Anthology. This is the end of year 11 written exam.
  Year 10 Year 11
Autumn Practical: Knowledge and performance of the contemporary and cardiovascular warm up, corner work exercises, centre exercises and workshopping Anthology 1: Shadows.

Theory: Dance Appreciation, RADS, TPE and Anthology 1: Shadows.

Practical: Centre exercises, composition skills and Group Choreography.

Theory: Section A, Anthology 5: Within Her Eyes and Internal assessment preparation.

Spring Practical: Dance By Chance and Anthology 2: Emancipation of Expressionism, Motif and motif development, Samba corner work and centre exercises, Solo Phrases and Trio Performance,

Theory: Anthology 2: Emancipation of Expressionism and Anthology 3: A Linha Curva

Practical: Preparation for the Solo Phrase, Trio Performance and Group Choreography practical examination.

Theory: Section B and performance evaluations.

Summer Practical: Trio Performance and workshopping Anthology 4: Artificial Things

Theory: Anthology 4: Artificial Things and Section C.

Theory: Anthology 6: Infra and revision for the end of course written paper.


Future careers after GCSE Drama:

  • Arts Administrator
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Dance Psychotherapist
  • Events Manager
  • Professional Dancer
  • Teacher
  • Theatre Director
  • Community arts worker
  • Drama therapist
  • Dancer
  • Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Broadcast Presenter

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 90% grades 9-4.

The 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 Studio needs to be booked with the subject lead.

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

  • KS3 Dance Club:This exciting club is run by the subject lead in the Autumn term, working towards a choreography for the Winter Variety Performance and then led by GCSE Year 10 students in the Summer term, workshopping different genres of dance each week.
  • 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.

Google classroom: This is a fantastic tool, utilised weekly by the Performing Arts faculty.  The online application allows for paperless communication, between staff and students and for staff to streamline curriculum, classwork, examinations and homework.