The Dance Department consists of three specialist teachers: Mrs Manghnani and Ms Read and Miss Newman.
We deliver lessons that focus on creating, performing and analysing Dance. We ensure that our students feel safe and happy to explore creativity and gain an understanding that Dance can be appreciated subjectively. Our schemes of work and learning experiences aim to encourage students to ‘see beneath the surface’ when exploring a stimulus, to feel passionate about creating work that eventually connects to politics, society, technological advances, history and artistry.
Our extra- curricular Dance productions provide a large percentage of students once a term, the opportunity to perform and celebrate their hard work. To fuel enthusiasm further, we offer a range of theatre trips and provide, wherever possible, opportunities to take part in regional and national events which often stem from our great links with other Dance organisations such as, Dance Xchange, Youth Dance England and Warwick Arts Centre.
The Department’s facilities include a fully sprung dance floor, mirrored wall, connection to surround speakers and an interactive smart board in the studio. We also have a computer room, editing suite and a relaxation area. This area serves a purpose when pupils are rehearsing for performances and they need to ‘take two’.
Dance is offered on a rotation basis in Year 7 within their Physical Education lessons and groups are set on ability. Students study a range of styles and begin their time with us learning about dance from other cultures. As students progress through the year, they begin to learn the craft of creating sequences of movement. Students gain experience of performing to their peers from the very early stages and learn how to support each other through positive and constructive feedback.
In Year 8, Dance is delivered fortnightly as a Performing Arts subject to mixed ability groups.
Students begin the year with a Streetdance project, moving progressively through the year to learn about how historical and social themes can be expressed through choreography. By the end of Year 8, students are equipped to create dance pieces with meaning. They are encouraged to increase their levels of confidence and self- reflection through performance assessments and evaluation.
Assessments take place every term and are usually in the form of a peer performance. However, the learning process to performance is significantly valued therefore, pupils receive formative feedback on their creativity, collaborative learning skills as well as their ability to reflect on their work and appreciate the work of others.
Pupils are offered the opportunity to perform their classwork in the termly Dance productions to an audience of families and friends.
Our current KS4 courses are:
AQA Examination Board: GCSE Dance
There are two components in GCSE Dance:
Performance & Choreography and Dance Appreciation
In Performance, you will learn about the skills required to develop physical, technical, expressive attributes and mental focus. You will also learn about safe working practice. In Choreography, you will learn how to respond creatively to an externally set stimulus, to choreograph your own complete dance.
In Dance Appreciation, you must be able to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate your own work in performance and choreography and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of professional practice in six set works in the GCSE Dance Anthology.
Alderbrook Dance Academy (Our extra-curricular and community programme)
We run a range of extra-curricular clubs and rehearsals on most evenings including Freefall Boys Dance Company, Year 7 Arts Award, Year 8 Club and GCSE Catch Up Club. We also run the regional dance company at Alderbrook, Solihull Youth.
We arrange trips to the theatre to see Dance and organise professional workshops with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Motionhouse and Rambert.
Studying and training in Dance can lead onto a career in the industry ranging from positions where dance is fundamental to the role or where it can be streamlined within a position, to support a range of professional occupations.
Choreographer, Dancer, Dance Teacher, Community Dance Practitioner, Dance/Arts Development Officer, Dance Education Specialist, Dance Film Maker, Dance Movement Therapist, Dance Critic, Dance Lecturer/Researcher, Stage Lighting, Choreologist, Pilates Instructor, Dance Agent, and Nutritionist for Dancers.
Other qualities and key skills that can be gained from studying Dance: Grit & Perseverance, Respecting others & Collaboration, Applying Creative Thinking and Aspirational skills.
For further information; please contact Ms Manghnani