Heads of Department: Mrs N De Ste Croix and Mrs S Groom
The Dance Department comprises of two experienced and passionate dance specialists who work collaboratively as a team to deliver high quality dance to all key stages. We are keen to meet the needs and stir an interest in all students, offering a wide variety of dance styles and the study of many professional dance works. We have had several students go on to study Dance at a higher level and support students with preparation for this.
Our emphasis is on practical-based learning alongside theory work, to increase student’s knowledge and understanding. Our aim is to develop student’s creative skills and confidence, whilst learning valuable life skills.
Staffing in Dance
We are a very successful team offering high quality dance teaching which considers the individual and a variety of teaching methods. We are committed to our students and support them to achieve their very best.
The teaching staff comprise of:
- Head of department – Mrs. Nicole De Ste Croix and Mrs. Suzi Groom
The Department has the following facilities:
- Dance Studio with mirrors and sound system.
- Dance Stage with mirrors and sound system with attached hall for performances which has a sound system and some technical facilities.
Curriculum Organisation and Courses
The curriculum comprises of:
- KS3 Dance in Years 7 and 8
- GCSE Dance offered in Years 9-11
- AS Level and A Level Dance
- Dance Academy offered to Years 12 and 13
We have many links and access to a variety of inspiring programmes across the South West including:
- The Theatre Royal
- Exeter University
- Attik Dance
- SpinDrift Dance Company
- Freefall Dance
- Plymouth University
- Barbican Theatre
- Primary partner schools
Presently the Dance Department offers the following Curriculum Plus activities:
|Week A||Week B|
|Monday||Boys Dance Club for years 7-13. 3.00pm – 4.15pm GCSE/A-Level Dance Rehearsals for years 9-13 3.00pm – 4.15pm|
|Tuesday||GCSE/A-Level Dance Rehearsals for years 9-13 Lunchtime 1.15-1.55pm|
|Wednesday||Mary Poppins Dance Club linked to whole college production for years 7-13 3.00pm – 4.30pm GCSE/A-Level Dance Rehearsals for years 9-13 3.00pm – 4.15pm||Mary Poppins Dance Club linked to whole college production for years 7-13 3.00pm – 4.30pm GCSE/A-Level Dance Rehearsals for years 9-13 3.00pm – 4.15pm|
|Thursday||College Dance Company for years 7-13 Lunchtime 1.20pm – 1.55pm|
|Friday||GCSE/A-Level Dance Rehearsals for years 9-13 Lunchtime 1.15-1.55pm||GCSE/A-Level Dance Rehearsals for years 9-13 Lunchtime 1.20-1.55pm|
The Dance Department provides two performance opportunities per year for parents and carers to come to and watch their child’s dance work. These shows are usually in November and March and feature performances of the practical coursework tasks for the GCSE and A-level Dance courses, as well as performances from our extra-curricular activities and the Dance Academy.
In the autumn term Callington Community College hosts an annual Dance Festival, where local schools in Cornwall and Devon join in a variety of dance workshops lead by professional artists and companies. As part of this event, there is an evening show where all the schools share a dance performance. This event is open to any student studying a Dance course in years 9-13.
For students who opt to study the GCSE, A-Level or Academy Dance Courses we offer a number of theatre trips throughout the year to watch dance performances at The Theatre Royal in Plymouth or Hall for Cornwall in Truro. Companies that we aim to see each year include Rambert Dance Company and Matthew Bourne New Adventures.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 – Students will study one block of Dance, a ‘World Dance’ unit. Styles covered in this module include Capoeira, Indian, African and Rock ‘n’ Roll. This unit aims to deliver a diverse range of dance techniques from around the world, deepening the students understanding of dance culture, traditions and historic roots. Students will be assessed using the department bands, graded from 1-9.
Year 8 – Students will also have one block of Dance in year 8, they will study the ‘Dance Stimulus Unit’. The unit aims to develop the student’s ability to create movement from a variety of different stimuli. These include the professional work ‘Enter Achilles’ by DV8, ‘Swansong’ by Christopher Bruce, ‘Stomp out Loud’ and the artwork of Kandinsky. Students will also be working with a variety of different props in this unit, such as a plastic cup, chair and a basketball. Students will have the opportunity to develop independent learning skills and team working skills throughout the delivery of this unit.
Key Stage 4
Students will study AQA GCSE Dance (http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/dance/gcse/dance-8236). This course aims to develop performing, creating and appreciation skills through a variety of dance techniques and styles.
GCSE Dance Overview
- Mixed ability groups
- No tiers
- 60% Practical (internally marked and externally moderated)
- 40% Written Exam
The GCSE course builds on skills of performance, choreography and appreciation. It is a practical and theoretical course, which provides students the opportunity to perform on a regular basis.
Students will perform set phrases as a solo and demonstrate performance skills through a duet or trio piece. The choreographic requirement of this course requires students to create either a solo or group dance. The written examination will assess their knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes, performing skills and self-evaluation. Students will also study six professional dance works (in a variety of dance styles). As much as possible theory work is also delivered practically, to support learning and understanding.
The course is varied, demanding and fun. Students will be expected to work in a range of groups, make at least one visit to the theatre during the course and participate in workshops lead by professional dance artists.
|Component 1||Component 2|
• 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)
• You will be assessed on your physical skills and attributes, technical skills, expressive skills, mental skills and attributes and safe working practices. Choreography
• Solo 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)
• Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
• Critical appreciation of own work
• Critical appreciation of six professional works
|How it's assessed?
Internally marked and externally moderated Performance
• 30% of GCSE, 40 marks
• 30% of GCSE, 40 marks
Total for component 1 = 60% Non-exam assessment (NEA) marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.
|How it's assessed?
• 40% of GCSE
• Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
• 80 marks
Based on students' own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology.
Key Stage 5
Students will study AQA A-Level Dance (http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/dance/as-and-a-level/dance-7237) if they opt to study the dance course for the full two years. Otherwise, students who wish to study dance for one year will take the AS Dance examination (http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/dance/as-and-a-level/dance-7236). Both courses aim to develop performing, creating and appreciation skills through a variety of dance techniques and styles.
Overview of AS Dance:
Component 1 – Performance and Choreography
Students will choreograph and perform a solo (2-3 minutes) and perform as a duet/trio (2-3 minutes). The assessment of this component is a practical exam and 50% of the final AS grade.
Component 2 –Critical Engagement
This is a two hour written examination and 50% of the final AS grade. Students will learn about two areas of study (Rambert Dance Company 1966-2002 is the compulsory area of study set by the exam board and the optional area of study will be the Independent Contemporary Dance Scene in Britain from 2000 - current). Students will also be required to reflect and understand their own choreographic and performance practice. The paper will be split into three sections; section A will contain short answer questions on own practice, section B will have short answer questions about Rambert Dance Company 1966-2002 and section C consists of two essay questions on both areas of study (compulsory and optional).
Overview of A-Level Dance:
Component 1 – Performance and Choreograph
Students will perform a solo (2-3 minutes) linked to a specific practitioner within one of the areas of study (Rambert Dance Company 1966-2002 or the Independent Contemporary Dance Scene in Britain 2000-current). They will perform as a quartet (3-4 minutes) and create a group choreography for 3-5 dancers (3-4 minutes). The assessment of this component is a practical exam and 50% of the final A-Level grade.
Component 2 – Critical Engagement
This is a written exam, which will be 2 hours and 30 minutes contributing to 50% of the final A-Level grade. Students must show knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of a compulsory set work (‘Rooster’ by Christopher Bruce) and its location within the corresponding area of study (Rambert Dance Company 1966-2002). Students will apply the same skills to another optional set work (which will be ‘Sutra’ by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui) and the corresponding area of study (The Independent Contemporary Dance Scene in Britain 2000-current). The paper will be split into two sections; section A will contain short answer questions and one essay question about ‘Rooster’ and Rambert Dance Company 1966-2002. Section B will have two essay questions about the optional set work/area of study.
The A Level course provides a strong preparation for studying Dance at a higher level or going into the world of work. Some possible careers are Teaching in private schools, state schools, higher education or in the community; Performer, Choreographer, Dance/Arts Officer, Dance Film Maker, Dance Movement Therapist , Dance Journalist, Dance Project Coordinator or Administrator, Dance Producer, Management Specialist , Notation/Choreology, Pilates Instructor, Press and Public Relations Specialist, Yoga Instructor and Youth Worker.
We have had students go on to study at various reputable Dance courses. Some examples are Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD) in Austria, Falmouth University, The Royal Academy of Dance, Roehampton University, Chichester University, Bird College, Northern Ballet School and Rambert Dance Company.