• Overview

    The study of dance provides pupils with an opportunity to express themselves in an artistic form. Students will learn discipline and control whilst doing something creative and enjoyable. Performing in front of their peers, students will gain an increase in confidence that will aid them in all aspects of life. At Darton, dance provides pupils with the opportunity to:

    • Learn set dances taught by the teacher, by others, from professional repertoire
    • Learn dance vocabulary
    • Experience & become familiar with the conventions of dances in different styles
    • Choreograph solo, duo, small group dances
    • Learn how to use a range of choreographic devices
    • Improve your performance skills
    • Perform in front of your peers & a broader based audience
    • See professional works
    • Look at reviews of professional works
    • Write reviews of works, your own and those of others
    • Compare & contrast works
    • Look at the cultural & historical contexts of dances
  • Teachers & Roles in Department

    • Mrs N Powell – Head of Performance Faculty
    • Taryn Marshall – Dance Teacher
    • Mrs Z Dyson – Dance Teacher

    The mission of the Dance department is to ensure that all involved have ultimate belief and confidence in themselves and their future.

  • Key Stage 3

    • Dance is one of the core areas of the performance faculty which also includes music, drama and PE. Dance  is taught as an artistic and aesthetic activity. The 3 elements of Performing, creating and evaluating are inherent throughout the teaching. Dance is taught in years 7-9. In year 7 pupils will participate in 3, eight hour modules of Dance with an assessment at the end of each module. In Year 8 and 9 pupils can focus on dance as an area of study with either 2 or 3 hours of dance per week. This specialist pathway will be discussed at the end of year 7 and pathway choice will be determined by achievement and motivation levels achieved in year 7.
    • At KS4 pupils can opt for GCSE Dance and BTEC level 2 dance.


  • Key Stage 4

    At Key Stage 4 students have the option to choose to study Level 2 BTEC First Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) awarded by EDEXCEL and AQA GCSE Dance.

    What’s the course about?

    The BTEC Firsts in Performing Arts have been developed in the arts, media and publishing sector to focus on education and training for performing arts employees and providing opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life. For the Diploma pupils will complete the following 3 modules throughout the 2 years. The option of completing GCSE Dance in year 2 will be available for students that achieve high grades in year 10

    1. Performing Dance

      This unit focuses on learner’s rehearsing and performing choreographed dance pieces. It will let learners demonstrate a range of different dance styles in short performances and show their talents as choreographers. They will be performing in group pieces which include a range of interpretive and stylistic qualities.

      Assessment Criteria: All learners will perform in three short dances pieces in a range of styles, including Classical, Modern, Jazz and Contemporary GCSE Dance (optional) If GCSE Dance is introduced in year 2, one of these pieces will be submitted for coursework

    2. Musical Theatre

      This unit is an introduction to Musical Theatre. The unit provides opportunities for the learner to combine acting, dance and musical skills.

      Assessment Criteria: Learners will demonstrate their technical skills from each discipline in a consistent manner in a musical performance.

    3. Performing Arts Production Process

      This unit could be subtitled ‘Showtime’ as it gives learners the chance to understand the process that is essential when putting on a public performance from initial idea to first night. This will be linked closely with the Musical Theatre module but instead of performers, learners will undertake production roles such as technicians, administrators or designers, often multi-tasking. This gives a real experience of how a professional company works. This is real vocational experience.

      Assessment Criteria: Learners will submit a LAP (Learner Assignment Proposal) detailing roles and tasks during the production process and performances. This can be in the form of a note book/log book/ observations/witness statements/drawings/sketches

    GCSE Extra Components
    1. Learners will produce at least 3 pieces of choreography, each of 2-3 minutes, two of these pieces will be submitted for coursework.
    2. Learners will perform in a 1 minute solo Set Dance