“Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body” Martha Graham
Dance was introduced into the curriculum at Le Rocquier in 2006 and has become an important part of Physical Education that is delivered at the school. Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 take weekly classes in Dance and then have the option to study a BTEC examination at Key Stage 4 in Year 10 and 11.
The Dance curriculum involves studying a wide range of different styles, including ballet to hip-hop, as well as looking at various cultural dance styles such as African and American.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular lessons which work towards highly prestigious events including the annual Le Rocquier Whole School Dance Show, the Jersey Eisteddfod and the Dance World Cup.
Dance helps students not only with their physical fitness but also helps with team building, trust and confidence.
Specific information about the Key Stage 3 curriculum and how it is assessed:
In Key stage 3 students follow the national curriculum for Dance which falls within Physical Education. Students will study 6 different topics within each year, with an assessment at the end of each half term. Students will study a broad range of professional dance pieces and be given the opportunity to choreograph their own pieces.
In assessment students are marked against the national curriculum levels for Physical Education which has been adapted to link to the BTEC Dance grading criteria at KS4.
Specific information about the Key Stage 4 curriculum and how it is assessed:
Over two years students will complete a BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts (Dance pathway). This qualification is the equivalent of one GCSE on the 9-1 grading scale.
Students will study three components of work comprising of: Component 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts, Component 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts and Component 3 – Performing to a Brief.
How is it assessed?
Components 1 and 2 are each worth 30% of a student’s total grade and are internally assessed with samples of work being externally moderated by examiners in the UK. Component 1 is theory based and will examine the work of existing dance practitioners and the processes used to create performance. Component 2 will be taught in conjunction with the previous component and will be practically-based, whereby students will explore dance skills and techniques within workshops and will reproduce work from existing professional works.
Component 3 is externally assessed and is worth 40% of a student’s final grade. This component, taught in Year 11, will ask students to respond to a performance brief set by the exam board. Students will have 12 weeks to explore and develop performance work from a set stimulus, keeping a log of their activities. They will perform to an invited audience and later complete an evaluation of their rehearsal process and final performance. The student’s written work and recorded performance will be sent to the UK for assessment.
What particular skills are required to succeed?Passion and interest for the subject are key aspects to success for this course. The pupils are required to be determined, committed and proactive in their approach towards both independent and group work during rehearsals. Pupils must be prepared to share and practically explore their creative ideas to generate abstract choreography and develop their movement vocabulary.
Pupils must be confident and willing to perform in front of others, and at key school events such as the Dance Show and Jersey Eisteddfod. Pupils must also be receptive to constructive feedback and committed to implementing improvements.
Why study this course?
Dance is more than exploring of different ways to make a shape or learning a series of steps to music; it is a way of moving that uses the body as an instrument of expression and communication. Through dance, pupils learn teamwork, focus and improvisational skills. Dance awakens new perceptions in pupils which help them learn and think creatively, which is arguably the highest form of intelligence in education.
The Dance department is one of the most successful in the school and has had a history of excellent results.
What equipment is required?
A Performing Arts polo-shirt and back leggings are recommended for practical work.
Both of these can be purchased using the following link - https://getmekitted.com/le-rocquier-school-114-c.asp
If I have any questions which teacher do I ask?
Contact : Miss Le Blancq