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Canon Slade School

Canon Slade School As a Church of England School, we seek to provide
an excellent education within a Christian environment
to fulfil individual potential and to prepare pupils
for life and service in a rapidly changing world. Ora et Labora
Pray and Work



Studying dance enables our pupils to explore their creativity, maintain their physical and mental health whilst building their resilience and confidence – all invaluable life skills.

Within dance there are three main strands to our study - performance, choreography and critical appreciation. The three disciplines are taught and developed together, with the aim to build personal skills that students can draw upon to succeed, not only in Dance but beyond the curriculum and in future employment.

Our highly practical dance curriculum will equip our students with a broad range skills and knowledge, where they can immerse their selves. Dance will encourage students to become confident and independent thinkers, who will be able to create original dance work and critically analyse professional and non-professional repertoire.

Our Dance curriculum will give students the opportunity to develop co-operation, collaboration and leadership through opportunities to work in small and large groups alongside autonomous learning – helping to grow their resilience and confidence in these working methods.

Students study a wide range of topics including dance history and the influence of different practitioners within dance, they look at professional dance pieces from a diverse range of cultures, learning to critically appreciate through developing analytical and evaluative skills, these are also invaluable for them to be able to reflect on their own work. Throughout, students develop the skills to research and create new choreography, from an eclectic range of stimuli and genres. As our dance curriculum is diverse, it allows pupils of all abilities and backgrounds a chance to enjoy their learning in the subject.

Student’s will constantly build the four strands of performing skills – Physical, Mental, Expressive and Technical – enabling their confidence to grow in their own abilities.

The Learning Journey

dance learning journey.pdf

Assessment Calendar

dance assessment calendar.pdf


By Year 11 a student of Dance will have:

  •  developed knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills 
  • developed evaluation and reflection skills to critically appreciate their own and peers work
  • developed a range of analytical and evaluation skills to critically appreciate professional dance works.


By Year 13 a student of Dance will have:

Developed, demonstrated and articulated practical and theoretical knowledge, understanding and experience of:

  • technical and performance skills
  • the process and art of choreography
  • the interrelationship between the creation, presentation and viewing/appreciation of dance works
  • the development of dance placed within an artistic and cultural context
  • professional dance works and the significance of these works
  • subject specific terminology and its use.