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The Dance department is busy and vibrant, aiming to enhance and broaden pupils’ creativity, improve health and social wellbeing and to develop self –confidence and self- discipline. Dance lessons on the curriculum, together with an exciting and varied extra-curricular programme, lead to many exciting performance opportunities both in and outside of school. We aim to offer excellent opportunities in dance to all of our pupils whatever their previous experience, and to nurture talents and a passion for dance.
Dance at KS3: Dance is studied in curriculum time by all pupils in years 7 and 8 on PE rotations. All dance lessons are taught in the fully equipped dance studio. There are three main areas of study taught holistically in both key stages; these are performing, composing and appreciating dance. The curriculum in year 7 introduces pupils to these three areas of study through a variety of dance styles. In year 8 we build on these skills, but include a focus on developing confident and engaging performers ready to be successful at GCSE level. Homework is set in dance. This is usually research tasks, practical rehearsing of taught and created dances, learning key words and reviewing and evaluating class work.
Dance at Key Stage 4: The AQA GCSE Dance course further develops skills learned in Key stage 3. This course explores dance as an art form and, although pupils will experience a variety of styles within this, the course is predominantly a Contemporary dance course. Pupils study the three main strands- performance, composition and analytical appreciation. It involves regular classes to build dancing skills and performance ability, developing understanding of how to choreograph (compose) a piece of dance and also develop critical, analytical and evaluative writing skills to be able to write about dance using dance vocabulary. The course is run across one academic year and features predominantly practical coursework and written examination.
Clubs on offer throughout 2016/17
Dance at EGA has developed world class link partners with Sadler’s Wells, The Place –London Contemporary Dance School and the Royal Academy of Dance to name a few that feed into our club programme and performance opportunities.
Year 9 dance club, street dance club open to all , advanced technique club to extend and challenge students and performance events rehearsals run throughout the year as part of the department club programme.
Recent performance events
Rock Challenge 2016 and EGA’s annual dance showcase
Terms & holidays
EGA has recently raised money for Red Nose Day and a defibrillator for another London school. Non Uniform Day raised £826.12 and sponsored skipping and bench ball raised £417.05. The non-uniform day money has been split between Comic Relief and the purchase of a new defibrillator...