'Dance is vital, an activity that is both exhilarating and liberating to watch or do. The instinct to dance is fundamentally joyous and no matter how hard you try you can't get away from it for long. It can also be a huge force for good, effectively drawing people together and levelling everyone through sheer hard work. It can speed up your heart rate, it can enliven you being, it can change your life''.     Richard Alston CBE

At Top Valley Academy, Dance is offered at key stage 4 at GCSE level.  We value Dance because as well as all the social, emotional and physical health benefits living an active life enhances, Dance also encourages students to be creative, imaginative, to work as part of a team and heightens young people's awareness of the importance of being  self-aware. Dance uses movement symbolically as a form of expression. It is both a powerful and empowering way for young people to express themselves in a non-verbal form.

In Dance lessons at Top Valley Academy, students develop performance skills for a range of different dance styles. They learn strategies to choreograph movement for a theme as well as developing ways of appreciating movement and understanding dance.

In addition to lessons, Dance students are encouraged to join the Top Valley Dance Academy to further develop their skills. Coupled with curriculum time dance, this extra-curricular opportunity enables dancers to gain more performance opportunities and spend more time developing performance skills to a greater depth.


GCSE Dance combines both the theory (written) and practical (physical) elements of dance. Students are assessed termly throughout the duration of the course in GCSE lessons for both their attitude towards their learning and progress.

GCSE Dance

Unit 1 - Y10/11 - The Critical Appreciation of Dance (written)

Unit 2 - Y10 - The Set Dance (physical)

Unit 3 - Y10 - Performance Piece (physical)

Unit 4 - Y11 - Choreography (physical)


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