Welcome to the Dance department
Dance – Phase 2 (Years 7 and 8)
The Phase 2 in Dance curriculum focuses on four strands: developing, exploring, performing and evaluating. Through the study of one lesson per fortnight of each subject, our students create one performance per term, developing their knowledge of a range of performance styles and repertoire. As well as this, we look to develop the ‘whole student’ building their confidence, resilience and teamwork skills in preparation for Phase 3.
Phase 2 – Year 7
In year 7 Dance students study three styles; Jazz, International and Commercial. Each project culminates in a video recorded performance to the class and written evaluation of their strengths and weaknesses throughout the project. As well as exploring the key features of the given style, students gain an understanding of choreography techniques . They also develop techniques for effective rehearsals, working sensitively with other students and making active contributions to the process. Performance skills are also an important element of the year, with a focus on a range of movement skills in order to develop effective dance performance.
Phase 2 – Year 8
In year 8 Dance follows the same structure and students further develop their knowledge of styles. Students start the year exploring Physical theatre with a focus on choreography, creating chair duets based on the practices of Frantic Assembly. The second project is called Strictly Come Dancing’ where students develop knowledge of styles, re-producing repertoire in a competition style, focussing on accurate reproduction of movement sequences. The last project allows students to further develop their Dance skills by creating a music video. Through further developing an understanding of how we use the camera (skills first embedded in year 8 Drama), as well as how to adapt their performance skills in front of it, students re-imagine a pre-existing music video.This includes; rehearsal, filming, editing and evaluating the final footage.
Performing Arts Extra Curricular
The learning doesn’t end in the classroom, in Performing Arts we offer a range of extra-curricular activities to support our students progress within our subject areas.We offer a range of clubs in order to allow our students to become part of the school community, working as a team with all other year groups. We also offer a range of off island theatre trips each academic year so that our students can fully understand the success that they can strive towards in their own careers.
We also work in partnership with the Isle of Wight music hub to offer students peripatetic lessons in a range of instruments – http://www.iowmusichub.org/
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Clubs on offer:
Winter Production – Students from all year groups audition to be part of the whole school production. They can take a range of roles, from performer or dancer, to set designer, lighting or sound technician, costume, hair and make-up and backstage crew. They rehearse twice a week after school.
Dance Festival – This is a club lead by Phase 3 students and starting from term 2, we work as an ensemble perform a piece of dance in the Dance festival that takes place at Shanklin Theatre. Rehearsals take place after school.
Bay Elite – ‘Bay Elite’ is our Dance team. Auditions take place in term 2 and students attend rehearsals once a week to learn a series of routines to perform at various events. Rehearsals take place after school.
Voices of the Bay – ‘Voices of the Bay’ is our choir club who rehearse during lunchtimes twice a week. They practice a range of modern songs to perform at school events as well as other music events outside of the school.
Guitar Club – This club offers students help in developing their skills in playing the guitar. We have 20 fully working guitars that students can practice using. This club meets once a week after school.
Keyboard Club – This club offers students help in developing their skills in playing the keyboard / piano. We have over 20 fully working keyboards that students can practice using as well as a number of pianos. This club meets once a week after school.