The Dance Department at Caister Academy strives to develop the performance and creative skills of our learners, with a strong emphasis on working with professional dancers and companies to develop a lifelong passion for dance. Dance is studied at both KS3 and KS4, with many enrichment activities including performances and workshops offered to all pupils throughout the year.
At KS3 learners develop their understanding and application of dance through performance, appreciation and choreography. We develop both physical and creative skills in a wide range of styles including Contemporary, Jazz, Urban/Street and Musical Theatre, through group and individual based tasks. The dance curriculum promotes safe practice, and learners are encouraged to develop their physical skill with particular emphasis on core stability and alignment.
In addition to curriculum based work the Dance Department runs a number of projects and performances throughout the year which includes:
• Boys Dance project (as part of Rambert ‘Elements’ project)
• Girls Project
• Talented Dance Day (With DanceEast)
• Year 7 Dance Club
• Dance Revue @ St Georges Theatre
Pupils can opt for Dance at KS4, and will complete the BTEC Level 2 Award in Performing Arts (Dance). The vocational course is designed to give learners an understanding of dance skills and performance, as well as developing their critical understanding of different styles and genres. Dancers studying on the BTEC course will also perform in a range of venues, participate in workshops led by professional dancers, as well visiting the theatre to watch productions.
Pupils will complete the following Units:
• Unit 1: Individual Showcase
• Unit 2: Preparation, Performance & Production (Dance Revue)
• Unit 4: Dance Skills (Contemporary and Jazz)