Dance at Springwell is seen as a valued part of the overall curriculum, developing core skills of choreography and movement as well as fostering the individual’s ability to work cooperatively in a team, work independently, develop creativity and a sense of self-esteem.
Key stage 3
At Key Stage 3, all students study units of dance within the PE curriculum. At the end of Year 8 they have the opportunity to opt for a full Key Stage 4 taster year (Year 9) where they develop some of the bespoke skills and attitudes needed for deeper study.
Key Stage 4
The course offered for students is the Technical Award in Performing Arts (Dance); this mirrors the Technical Award in Drama and consists of 3 components: a comparison of the genres within dance, the performance of two pieces of existing repertoire and a final devised performance to fulfil a brief given by the exam board.
Springwell has a purpose built Dance Studio with a sprung wooden dance floor, a mirrored wall, curtains, lights and sound. Students use this as their classroom for lessons and smaller performances. The main college hall is used for larger events.
Students are encouraged to join any clubs and activities that run; dance events are used to celebrate national events – eg anti-bullying showcase events; and flashmobs in college and in the wider community generate a sense of interest and highlight the power the discipline has.
SCART also run a number of after college clubs for all interested at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.