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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

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Welcome to Dance at Blackfen School for Girls

As an evolving subject Dance is becoming increasingly popular within the school. The subject aims to focus on building students confidence through performance and creativity whilst allowing students to express their leadership and communication skills.

The subject places a strong emphasis on group work, building students team working skills. There are many opportunities for students to get involved in Dance including; Performance Showcases, Musicals, Competitions, Blackfen Dance Company and Extra-curricular Dance Clubs. These opportunities collaborate with other subjects such as Music, Drama and PPE.

Students will learn a range of physical and technical dance skills within their first year at the school, this will progress throughout Key Stage 3 and is further presented as an option at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.

Key Stage 3 Dance

Dance is currently working as part of a carousel system at KS3 along with Drama. Students in Years 7, 8 & 9 will spend half a term studying Dance and the second half term studying Drama. They will have 3 half terms of each subject during the full academic year. In Years 7 & 8 students have 3 lessons of Dance over the 2 week timetable. In Year 9 students have 2 lessons of Dance over the 2 week timetable.


Year 7

Term Unit of work Summary

Autumn Term 1 or 2

An Introduction to

Dance using Fairy tales.

This unit focuses on introducing students to the 4 main principles of Dance; Action, Space, Dynamics and Relationships. The focus is supported by the idea of creating movement using Fairy tales and characters. This unit not only develops the learners’ creativity but also their confidence due to students performing their work to an in-class audience.

Spring Term 1 or 2

Dance through the Decades.

Now the students have an understanding of the 4 main Dance Principles they can use these skills to create movement. This Unit looks at different styles of Dance from the 1920’s to the 2000’s. Throughout the unit students will be looking at the historical context of the styles and how to embody the stylistic quality of the movement content. Such styles include The Charleston, Rock & Roll and Disco/Jazz Dance.

Summer Term 1 or 2 Dreams and Nightmares. The students now have a range of choreographic and performance skills in Dance and can use these skills to independently choreograph using a theme or stimulus. This unit also requires the characterisation and performance skills the students will have learnt in Drama so they can add it to their final dance piece. Looking at the theme of Dreams and Nightmares students will use a work booklet to help them throughout the unit.


Year 8

Term Unit of work Summary

Autumn Term 1 or 2

Professional Works and their Choreographers.

This unit focuses on 2 professional Dance choreographers and their works. The students will study and research the choreographers and their styles of dance in detail and go on to study one of their professional dance works. Using video students will learn the movement and develop this further to create short group Dance pieces. The unit aims to help students progress in their Dance technique and their creative abilities.

The 2 professional works we look at are:

  • Ghost Dances- Christopher Bruce
  • The Nutcracker- Matthew Bourne

Spring Term 1 or 2


This unit combines physical and technical dance skills such as strength, flexibility and spatial content with the movements and discipline of cheerleading. This unit requires students to work in large groups building up their trust and teamwork. The unit covers, stunt work, lifts and rhythmic movement. The students also learn how to use props such as rhythmic ribbons and pom-poms in a safe manner.

Summer Term 1 or 2 The Hunger Games. Using the idea of film to influence movement the students will study The Hunger Games. The unit aims for students to work in large ‘districts’ and work closely together to create movement that doesn’t rely solely on music. Using the 4 basic choreographic methods learnt in Year 7 students will create travelling parade sequences and battle sequence that explore the use of lifts and contact work.


Year 9

Term Unit of work Summary

Autumn Term 1 or 2

A Linha Curva. In this unit students will focus on one of the GCSE works; A Linha Curva. Students will explore the work and the skills and techniques involved in the piece. The scheme is an introduction of the professional work and will set students up if they opt to take Dance at GCSE level. Students will be working as a full dance company and exploring the style of samba/carnival dance.

Spring Term 1 or 2

Manipulation and Control.

In this unit students will create a piece based on the stimulus manipulation and control.

Students will be tasked to research and pick apart the stimulus and use these ideas to create movement. They will be working in a pair and the unit will highly focus on students choreography skills.

Summer Term 1 or 2

Using a Stimulus to create Dance. This unit focuses on introducing students to a stimulus and using this to create their own dances. A stimulus is an idea that the students will research and explore. This can be anything from text, to music, to art work, to a historical event. The whole unit is ran by the students due to them leading warm ups for the class and exploring their own ideas all based on the group stimulus.


Key Stage 4 Dance

Blackfen School for Girls currently offers the AQA GCSE Dance Specification in Years 10 & 11.

Dance students will strengthen their technical and expressive skills, as well as their knowledge and understanding of dance through three key areas of assessment; Performance, Choreography and Critical Appreciation of Dance. During the two year course, students will develop skills in a range of dance styles, including jazz, ballet, contemporary, street, international and modern dance. Students will learn to choreograph dances both as soloists and in groups in response to a range of themes and ideas. In addition, they will study professional dance works which will further enhance and broaden their theoretical understanding of dance as a creative art form. Dance students will also have various opportunities to perform at dance events both at school and within the local community. Studying Dance at KS4 can lead to further study and pathways within the performing arts. Moreover, it enhances lifelong creative and expressive skills, raises self-esteem and can have a positive impact on overall health and well-being.


GCSE Dance

Component 1- Performance and Choreography 60%

Performance 30%
                        -Set phrases in a solo performance of 1 minute
                       -Duet/Trio Performance of 3 minutes

Choreography 30%
                        -Solo or Group Choreography

Component 2: Dance Appreciation 40%     (Written Exam 1hr 30 min)

            -Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills.
            -Critical appreciation of own work.
            -Critical appreciation of professional works.


Extra-Curricular Dance

At Blackfen School for Girls we offer a wide range of performance opportunities through extra-curricular classes and clubs. Currently the Dance department runs a Year 7, 8 & 9 Dance Club on Tuesday lunchtime. This club is very popular and gives the students the opportunity to work and network with new people. The club explores a range of different dance styles and allows students to create work for performance showcases and collaborations with subjects such as music and drama.

At Blackfen we also run ‘Blackfen Dance Company’. The auditions for company take place in September and every year we take on approximately 20 students. The company consists of a range of Year 7, 8 and 9 students and meets every Wednesday night 3.15- 4.30. The students show commitment and build up their technical abilities in Dance. The company takes part in competitions that run throughout the academic year and also assemblies and performance showcases in school. The company has won the London Youth Games Dance competition twice and has represented the Borough of Bexley at the Copper Box Arena.


Bexley Borough London youth games competition, hosted by Blackfen School For Girls. A collection of schools in the Bexley Borough came to complete in the competition. Our Year 10 class won the KS4 round and went on to represent Bexley Borough at The London Youth Games.



Winning Year 10 class representing Bexley Borough at the London Youth Games.