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The Dance department is busy and vibrant, aiming to enhance and broaden pupils’ creativity, improve health and social wellbeing and to develop self –confidence and self- discipline. Dance lessons on the curriculum, together with an exciting and varied extra-curricular programme, lead to many exciting performance opportunities both in and outside of school. We aim to offer excellent opportunities in dance to all of our pupils whatever their previous experience, and to nurture talents and a passion for dance.
We are very excited to announce that EGA’s dance department is an Associate School of Sadler’s Wells. As Sadler’s Wells is a leading organisation for dance, EGA dance department is very proud that it has qualified for and can enjoy a strong community link with a world-renowned organisation. Click on the link to find out more about Sadler’s Wells theatre:
Dance at Key Stage 3
All pupils study dance in years 7, 8 and 9 as part of the PE rotation curriculum. Dance lessons are taught in the fully equipped dance studio. There are three main areas of study embedded holistically within the dance curriculum; these are performing, choreographing and appreciating dance. The curriculum in year 7 introduces pupils to these three areas of study through a variety of dance styles. In year 8 and 9 we build on these skills, but include a focus on developing confident and engaging performers ready to be successful at GCSE level. Homework is set in dance. This is usually a research task, practical rehearsing of taught and created dances, learning key vocabulary and reviewing and evaluating class work.
Dance at Key Stage 4
The AQA GCSE Dance course further develops skills learned in Key stage 3. This course explores dance as an art form and, although pupils will experience a variety of styles within this, the course is predominantly a Contemporary dance course. Pupils study the three main strands of performance, choreography and analytical appreciation. It involves regular classes to build dancing skills and performance ability, developing understanding of how to choreograph a piece of dance and also develop critical, analytical and evaluative writing skills to be able to write about dance using dance vocabulary. The course is run across one academic year and features predominantly practical coursework and written examination.
Students who study dance at GCSE will have opportunities to go on theatre trips, take part in workshops delivered by visiting dance artists and perform in a variety of events throughout the school year.
Dance Department Clubs
We aim to offer as many dance clubs as we can. Some clubs run throughout the year and some last for a term. The range of clubs on offer is outlined below and are offered to mixed age groups:
- Rock Challenge cast rehearsal
- EGA Youth Dance Company
- Street dance club
- Advance technique club
- GCSE support
Dance Department Performance Opportunities
We are in our 10th year of entering and taking part in Rock Challenge. 2018 cast auditions will be held at the end of the school year ready to start in September. This year we are proud that EGA came 3rd in its heat.
EGA Youth Dance Company is a new and exciting venture for the dance department. The dance company will meet every Tuesday after school for three hours of training and creative work. The company aims to nurture talent in dance and is therefore an invitation only company. Performance opportunities will take place throughout the year.
As we are such a busy department we hold our annual dance showcase in the summer term every year. Here we showcase and celebrate the achievement and progress of girls’ work in KS3 and GCSE dance.