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the industry school for the creative arts and multimedia production


The dance industry is an ever evolving platform for artists to channel their creativity and love to perform into structured movement. The exploration of social, historical, political and abstract ideas form the stimulus of a piece. It will then be developed through past and current practitioners who have found success within their methods.

Dance has been popular through the generations due to its accompaniment of music, allowing one to express emotion and intents that may not be vocalised. It has been used to make change as well as remember the past. When learning to dance you are gaining confidence, muscle memory and fitness, all relevant to your everyday life. At present day the dance industry is more prominent than ever, with more jobs needing to be filled and a wide option of dance training, its a perfect way to balance creativity, health and culture.


what is dance?

When learning various styles of dance, from ballet to commercial, you not only improve your technique, but also your own movemnet vocabulary. These factors contribute to your perfromance sklis and desires. Dance will enable you to learn about how to disapline your body to perform and create movement. In Dance it is fundimental that you train in multiple styles, and that is a key factor of the Dance training at the College. You will train in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Commercial. Additional to this choreography will run throughout the course. 

As well as practical classes you will also have elements of theory. In theory classes you'll develop you dance apprieciation and analysis skills, looking at both your own work and established professional practitioners. 


key stage 4

Specification: BTEC Tech Awards Performing Arts

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Year/Course Code: BTEC Performing Arts Level 1/2 First Award in Dance

The Dance Tech award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:

  • development of key skills that prove your aptitude in Dance such as reproducing repertoire or responding to stimuli.

  • process that underpins effective ways of working in Dance, such as development of ideas, rehearsal and performance.

  • attitudes that are considered most important in the Dance, including personal management and communication.

  • knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector such as roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles.

    Course Units and Description

    Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts. You will develop their understanding of Dance by examining practitioners’ work and the processes used to create performance. You will look at elements such as roles, responsibilities and the application of relevant skills and techniques. You will broaden your knowledge through observing existing repertoire and
    by learning about the approaches of practitioners, and how they create and influence performance material. This component will give you an understanding of practitioners’ work and the processes and practices that contribute to a range of performance styles. You will develop transferable skills, such as research and communication, which will support your progression to Level 2 or 3 vocational or academic qualifications.

    Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in
    the Performing Arts. You will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of acting,
    dance and/or musical theatre repertoire as performers or designers. Working as a performer requires the application of skills, techniques and practices that enable you to produce and interpret performance work. You will communicate intentions to an audience through a variety of disciplines such as through performing or designing in any performance style from dance. In this component, you will develop performing skills and techniques. You will have the opportunity to specialise as a performer in dance. You will take part in workshops and classes where you will develop technical, practical and interpretative skills through the rehearsal and performance process. You will work from existing performing arts repertoire, applying relevant skills and techniques to reproduce performance elements of the work. Throughout your development, you will review your own progress and consider how to make improvements.

    Component 3: Responding to a Brief. You will be given the opportunity to work as part of a group to contribute to a workshop performance as either a performer or designer in response to a given brief and stimulus. Live performance can happen in a number of places and for a range of reasons. For example, you may perform in a traditional performance space to an audience to communicate ideas about a particular theme or issue, or you may be part of a touring group that takes a performance to a community setting, such as a local school, to teach a young audience a safety message.
    In this component, you will have the opportunity to respond to a brief. You will be given a brief that outlines the performance requirements and that asks you to consider your target audience and to start the creative process by using the given stimulus included in the brief. Working as part of a group, you will develop your ideas for a workshop performance and apply your skills and techniques to communicate your creative intentions to your audience. The performance skills you will use will vary depending on features such as your selected
    performance discipline and the content of the work, your venue and target audience. The work may involve improvisation, vocal work, movement techniques or assisting with audience involvement. The group performance may involve some solo or small-group work or it may be an ensemble piece. You will have the opportunity to inform the performance using existing or newly developed
    skills, in performing and adapting them to suit the performance.


key stage 5

RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Creative and Performing Arts: Dance

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RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Creative and Performing Arts: Dance

QAN - 601/7682/9

The Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Dance equips learners with with the skills, knowledge and understanding for entry to employment in the Dance and Performing Arts industry or progression into further study at a higher level. The qualification offers practical structured learning with the flexibility to specialise in different disciplines directly relevant to employment within the performing arts and Dance industry. All learners take an externally assessed unit which requires them to work to a brief, set by industry practitioners within Dance.

You will study 3 units within the course. These will be as follows: 330 Dance Technique and Performance. This unit aims to develop learners skills in a selected dance style and their ability to create, understand and perform style specific techniques and sequences. They will practically understand the challenges of developing dance technique and performance. 332 Global Dance Styles. To develop the skills in the background, culture and dance requirements of a global dance style as well as the ritual and meaning behind the style. Pupils will develop skills to take part in traditional dance which comes from a culture different from their own, whilst gaining knowledge of the culture in which it is from. 331 Ensemble Dance Performance. Develops pupils ability to dance within a group in a selected dance style and their ability to understand, create and perform style specific techniques and sequences. Pupils will overcome challenges of performing and choreographing within a group.

Dance Performance, Choreography, Dance Journalism, Musical Theatre Performance and teaching. Pupils have been accepted into stage schools and dance schools such as Trinity Laban, Sylvia Young, Urdang and Chichester University.


industry links

There are oppitunities to take part in workshops with working professionals. Students take part in full length performances in different styles, usually 3 performances a year. Residential trips to places such as New York. Many trips to see live dance performances.

Dance Performance, Choreography, Dance Journalism, Musical Theatre Performance and teaching. Pupils have been accepted into stage schools and dance schools such as Trinity Laban, Slyvia Young, Urdang and Chichester University. Pupils go on to study Level 3 or A Level Dance. 

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