Dance

“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” Mikhail Baryshnikov

Dance at Plume is taught within a performing arts context and encourages students to be physically active and creative within lessons. Students are encouraged to develop their interpersonal skills; verbal and non-verbal communication; problem solving skills as well as their practical dance ability. Students work on three main areas in Dance:

* Performance: their physical and expressive skills

* Choreography: their ability to create movement in response to a specific theme, issue, topic or style

* Appreciation: their ability to discuss, write and talk about Dance

Dance at Mill Road Campus is taught in learning groups with students having one lesson a week. Students are encouraged to develop their dance skills by getting involved in at least one of the extra-curricular sessions offered.

You will study a different unit of work each half term. Over a half term you will be assessed at the mid-point of the unit and again at the end of the unit.

You will be asked to record your progress and targets into a book which you will write in most lessons. Your teacher will also write comments on your progress into your book.

The units that you study in Year 7 are:

Unit 1 - Performance Skills in Dance

Unit 2 - Heroes and Villains

Unit 3 - Nutcracker by Matthew Bourne

Unit 4 - Competition

Unit 5 - Ashley Banjo and Diversity

Unit 6 - Dance Department Challenge.

The units that you study in Year 8 are:

Unit 1 - Beat It!

Unit 2 - Cultural Dance

Unit 3 - Revolting Dance from Matilda

Unit 4 - Swansong by Christopher Bruce

Unit 5 - Urban Project

Unit 6 - Dance Department Challenge.

 Dance at Plume School is taught within a Performing Arts context and encourages students to be physically active and creative within lessons. Students are encouraged to develop their interpersonal skills; verbal and non-verbal communication; problem solving skills as well as their practical dance ability. Students work on three main areas in Dance:

* Performance: their physical and expressive skills

* Choreography: their ability to create movement in response to a specific theme, issue, topic or style

* Appreciation: their ability to discuss, write and talk about Dance

At Fambridge Road Campus students can opt to take Dance in Year 9 as part of their KS3 curriculum. The work develops on what was studied in Year 7 and 8, but students are encouraged to develop full length dances based on more challenging dance ideas, as well as using more complex movement, particularly in the use of contact work and lifts.