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Performing Arts

Students study Performing Arts for an hour a week in Years 7, 8 and 9 and rotate through exciting and challenging drama and dance curriculums taught by specialist teachers. The dance units develop a range of choreographic and performance skills whilst developing their knowledge of professional dance and dance from other cultures. The drama units explore influences from a range of practitioners and styles; have links to other cultures, along with topics covered on other curriculum areas; and explores different texts.  All work has a direct link with the GCSE courses.

Year 7

Dance: Parkour, The Nutcracker and A Linha Curva

Drama: The Jabberwocky, Titanic and The Trojan Horse

Year 8

Dance: The Car Man, Choreography from Poetry and Contact Dance

Drama: The Tell-tale Heart, The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, Greek myths (Medusa)

Year 9

Dance: Graffiti, Teacher-led Performance Piece and Emancipation of Expressionism

Drama: Group devised project; Blood Brothers and Human Rights.

KS4 Dance

Students have the opportunity to study dance at GCSE and through the years, we have seen an increasing number of male dancers within the cohorts. GCSE Dance is split into two components focussing on both the practical and theoretical understanding of dance and performance. Component 1 develops students’ physical skills in dance, as well as their performance and choreographical skill. Component 2 develops students theoretical knowledge of dance and students enjoy learning a wide variety of professional dance in styles such as: contemporary, hip-hop, samba, ballet and contact dance. We regularly enjoy trips to the theatre to inspire and enjoy professional companies. All GCSE students are encouraged to be a member of the Senior Dance Company and perform in a variety of events across the year.

KS4 Drama

Students have the opportunity to study drama at GCSE. There is always a complete mixture of gender, ethnicity, ability and experience within the cohort, which makes for an exciting mix of ideas and approaches. GCSE Drama is split into three components, focussing on both scripted and devised work, explored through both practical and theoretical lessons.  Along with the dancers and the whole-school theatre club, we regularly enjoy trips to the theatre to inspire and enjoy professional companies. All GCSE students take part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival in the first term of YR10 and perform in a variety of events across the year.

Extra-Curricular Performing Arts Opportunities

·         Flight Dance Company (Years 7 and 8)

·         Drama club (Years 7 and 8)

·         Senior Dance Company (Years 9 and 10)

·         Stages Dance Festival (All year groups)

·         Winter and Summer Gala Performances

·         Shakespeare Schools Festival

·         The Annual Musical Production

·         GCSE Performance Evenings

·         Theatre trips and film screenings

 

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