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Our aim: Ignite a passion in every young person by creating memories, both inside and outside the classroom, to give them the knowledge and confidence they need to make a lifelong commitment to their physical, mental and social well-being.

Dancers at a dance show.

Curriculum Overview

Students have many opportunities to be involved with Dance at King Alfred’s Academy. Whether it is through Core PE lessons, choosing to study it at Level 2 or Level 3 or perform at our annual shows.

We offer a variety of electives; KS3 Dance, Year 9 Dance, KS4/5 Dance & KA’s Dance Performance Team, giving students the opportunity to perform at theatres, shows and competitions. 

In Years 10 to 11, students get the opportunity to choose Level 2 BTEC in Performing Arts (Dance) as one of their option subjects – see below for more information.

Year 7, 8 and 9 Topics

Dance is taught through Core PE in Years 7, 8 & 9. Students are taught about the Components of Dance and how to choreograph using a stimulus. This is linked to the Core PE ‘MEs’, supporting Physical and Creative ME.

Students also get the opportunity to attend KS3 Dance and Year 9 Dance Electives. Through these, they will develop their enjoyment for Dance and have the chance to perform in our Winter & Spring Dance Shows.

In Year 9, students can audition to be part of KA’s Dance Performance Team; a group that competes and performs at a variety of places, one being at the New Theatre in Oxford!

Year 10 BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts (Dance) Topics

Big Questions - How can I develop skills and techniques in Dance and why is it important to review this process?  How can choreographers work with other roles to create professional pieces?

Students will develop their technical and performance skills, focusing on Jazz and Contemporary Dance. They will learn professional repertoire and understand how to apply skills to performance pieces.

  • Contemporary Dance
  • Components of Dance
  • Safe Practice
  • Performance Skills
  • Technical Skills
  • Jazz Dance
  • Dance Anatomy
  • Choreography 

Year 11 BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts (Dance) Topics

Big Questions - How can choreographers work with other roles to create professional pieces?
How can I use a brief and previous learning to come up with ideas for a final performance group piece?

Students will continue with the development of technical and performance skills, but also develop their choreographic skills in Year 11. They will choreograph their own pieces, responding to a brief and performing to an audience. They will develop their analysis skills, studying three Swan Lakes; Ballet, Contemporary & Hip Hop.

  • Swan Lake Ballet, Contemporary & Hip Hop
  • Constituent Features
  • Roles & Responsibilities
  • Choreographic Process
  • Choreography
  • Choreographic Devices
  • Technical Skills
  • Performance Skills