"Every day brings a chance for you to draw breath, kick off your shoes, and dance." Oprah Winfrey
Dance is an expressive, creative and dynamic art form. It helps shape a person's sense of identity and draws out leadership skills, teamwork, discipline, determination, time management, critical thinking and problem solving.
The physical activity promotes a healthy lifestyle and a strong send of well-being in addition to improving strength, flexibility, endurance and balance.
At NBA, Dance forms a valuable part of the curriculum which is purposely varied to allow students with different dance backgrounds and abilities to succeed. They gain an understanding of the professional world of Performing Arts and extend their knowledge of dance technique whilst developing important skills, both specific to dance and those which are transferable, including literacy and numeracy.
Throughout the year we also offer numerous public performance opportunities such as NBA's Got Talent, The Christmas Extravaganza, The School Show and an end of term Music & Dance Festival. We regularly offer students opportunities to see live dance works by professional artists, in additional to dance workshops with experts in their field.
Experts from Stanford University have proved that dancing makings you smarter - "Dancing integrates several brain functions at once - kinaesthetic, rational, musical, and emotional - further increasing your neural connectivity", so it represents an excellent choice of subject.
NBA will prepare you for the study of dance and the performing arts at degree level if this is your chosen career path. The industry is vast, employing an estimated 30,000 people in dance related roles in the UK alone. There are numerous professions in dance, from dancing, teaching, choreography or dance notation. In additional to this, people work in the dance industry as community dance practitioners, promoters, producers, designers, publicists, technicians, physiotherapists, medical and alternative practitioners, therapists, writers and academics.
Head of Department: Miss K. Taylor
Teacher: Miss A. Thomas
Teacher: Miss C. Dunn
Teacher: Miss C. Smith
At Key Stage Three students will have the opportunity to develop their choreographic, performance and analytical skills over each year of study, preparing them fully for further study should they choose this option at Key Stage Four.
Students will learn different action, dynamics, use of space, relationships and choreographic devices to instill a strong foundation for choreography. Their performance skills will be assessed through taught phrases of movement, and how they can adapt choreography to suit different themes. In this year, students will also study the style of Rock & Roll, in additional to the professional work 'Ghost Dances' by Christopher Bruce.
Students will increase their choreographic skills through use of motif development and choreographic devices. This additional knowledge will allow students to begin to create dance work for purpose, exploring different and more complex use of stimuli as well as dance for camera and site-sensitive work. In this year, students will study the styles of Parkour and Hip-Hop using Emancipation of Expressionism by Kendrick H20 Sandy (Boy Blue Entertainment) as inspiration.
Students will focus on physical skills when refining choreography and replicating movement accurately. During a choreography project, students will have the opportunity to act as choreographer for a group of students taking ownership of movement and technical decisions before submitting their final piece for assessment. In this year, students will study the styles of Salsa and Capoeira looking specifically at the professional work 'A Linha Curva' by Itzik Galili (Bambert Dance Company).
At Key Stage Four students follow the AQA GCSE Dance Specification to enable them to increase performance and choreographic skills, in addition to analysis of professional dance works in a range of styles.
At Key Stage Five students follow the A Level Dance Specification giving them the necessary skills in choreography, performance and analysis for further study in the performing arts.
Course Name: GCSE Dance
Course Type: GCSE
Exam Board: AQA
Spec Code (2016/17): 4230
Spec Code (2017/18): 8236