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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve


Department Staff

Miss D Hay

Teacher of Dance


Curriculum Overview

As a department we hope to create a safe learning environment in which students can express themselves through the medium of Dance. In Dance students learn to express their ideas through movement through the acquisition of physical and interpretative skills. As one of the major art forms, its intrinsic value lies in the possibilities it offers for the development of students creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacities.

Key Stage 4 Dance

The Edexcel BTEC First Award in Performing Arts Dance is for anyone with a real interest in dance who wants to pursue a career in this industry and gain a practical hands-on qualification. The Level 2 BTEC is a vocational course which allows students to gain a broad understanding of the arts sector, learn various styles of dance, develop skills as a performer, and learn how to choreograph.

During the course students will work on developing their contemporary dance technique and practically explore and develop performances. Students will also use dance physical and interpretative skills to enhance performances. Over the two years students will participate in workshop style lessons where they will develop their own dance skills and will learn to choreograph individually and part of a group.

The Course is split over three units:

Externally assessed
Unit 1: Individual showcase 
Internally assessed
Unit 2: Preparation, Performance and Production
Unit 3: Dance Skills 

Key Stage 5 Dance

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Dance) provides a broad education base for furthering training by applying a range of skills in a practical nature. The course is aimed at students who are enthusiastic about practical dance and wish to develop their technical and creative skills.

Overall you will learn choreographic fundamentals and apply these in performances along with a variety of dance techniques which will further be showcased in performances. Throughout the course you will participate in a range of performances to help broaden your understanding of the world of dance and improve performance skills.

This course is made up of four units. There are three mandatory units and one further unit. Two of the units are externally assessed.

Mandatory Units

  • Investigating Practitioners work. (Externally assessed)
  • Developing Skills & Techniques in Live Performance (Externally assessed)
  • Group Performance workshop. (Internally assessed).

Further Unit

  • Contemporary dance technique (Internally assessed)

After school clubs or Activities:
The dance department have a wide-ranging extra-curricular programme which includes the following:

Monday 3-4pm –Choreography club (Keys stages 4 and 5)
Tuesday 3-4pm Junior dance club (Years 7 and 8)
Wednesday 3-4pm Senior dance club (Years 9 upwards)
Thursday 3-4pm Ballet club (All years and abilities welcome)

Every year the Dance department alternates between a school musical production and the British Red Cross Dance For Life Competition. Our team performed ‘Agent Orange ’, last year, winning the best concept award.

Throughout the school year the department runs theatre visits to provide students with the opportunity of seeing live professional work.

Furthermore the department hosts performance evenings where Key Stage 4 and 5 classes can showcase their work to a live audience.