A Thriving Performing Arts Scene
King's has always enjoyed huge successes in the performing arts. Our music and drama departments are strong, regularly demonstrating the individual talents of our pupils in a variety of settings.
Our yearly shows are fully staged with lighting, costume, music and dance numbers adding that bit of extra sparkle.
This year, to further develop and enhance our thriving performing arts, we are delighted to offer GCSE dance as an option in the Fourth Form.
A Creative Journey
Following the AQA GCSE curriculum, dance pupils will learn to choreograph, perform and appreciate dance as an art form. This holistic engagement with dance informs their development as creative and artistic individuals, and broadens their aesthetic, social and cultural experience.
Component 1: Performance and Choreography
Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration)
Duet/trio performance (three minutes in a dance which is a maximum of five minutes in duration)
ChoreographySolo or group choreography – a solo (two to two and a half minutes) or a group dance for two to five dancers (three to three and a half minutes)
How it's Assessed
Internally marked and externally moderated
30% of GCSE
30% of GCSE
Total component 60%
Non-exam assessment (NEA) marked by the centre and moderated by AQA
Component 2: Dance Appreciation
Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
Critical appreciation of own work
Critical appreciation of professional works
How it's Assessed40% of GCSE
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
Head of Academic Dance
Karen is qualified to teach GCSE dance and has a wealth of dance experience, having started ballet, tap and modern at a young age. She studied music at university, but never strayed far from the dance world. She has performed in a variety of shows and musicals, made TV appearances, and performed alongside TV and sports stars in panto at the Bristol Hippodrome and New Theatre Cardiff.
Visiting Dance Teachers
Our department will be joined by a number of dance teachers, who teach various dance sessions on a weekly basis.
Natasha Ballardie is an ISTD and RAD dance teacher with a background in ballet, tap and modern. She has worked with elite dancers in Istanbul, as well as with local dance schools across the region. Natasha recently became one of only three dance teachers in Somerset to qualify to teach PBT (progressing ballet technique), an approach that focuses on body-conditioning and strengthening. One of the important elements used in the PBT method is muscle memory which helps to improve the understanding of core stability, weight placement and alignment.
Natasha will be teaching PBT, beginners' ballet and tap.
Kelly Druce is an ISTD teacher who has also performed as a commercial dancer on tv and in various music videos. Though traditionally trained, Kelly specialises in urban dance, jazz, modern and Latin American.
Kelly will be teaching musical theatre and street dance.Performing Arts Programme