Even though another career path may ultimately be chosen, in dance children learn the cooperative effort necessary to produce a high quality work of art. Every child benefits from quality dance training. Long-term learning’s go far beyond practical applications in dance. Dancers enter society with the ability to maintain the uncompromising high standards nurtured during their dance training.
Creative thinking skills are developed through dance, as well as learning the value of discipline, commitment and work ethic. Self-confidence develops as young people overcome challenges to master new goals, learning to apply themselves and accomplish any task put before them.
Dance teaches children about music, rhythm and beat. Students also have a better understanding of spatial relationships and learn to think with both sides of their brain. All these skills enhance a child’s academic performance, as well as their physical well-being.
Dance keeps you fit! Dance teaches the importance of movement and fitness in a variety of ways through a variety of disciplines. As well, dancers learn to coordinate muscles to move through proper positions. Dancing is a great activity to pursue at almost any age provided you are in proper health to handle the rigours of dancing for life.
All in all, dance is a great way to build invaluable social skills. Much more importantly however, it is an opportunity to teach your children the importance of being part of something larger than themselves. Dancers learn to take turns, to share attention, and to cooperate with others as they work within a group. These life lessons are part of the appeal of dance classes to parents around the world. Much like team sports, dance for children can teach some invaluable and important lessons.
John Henry Newman Catholic College has Performing Arts Specialist Status, this means that all key stage three pupils (year 7 – 9) will receive one hour a week of dance education. The Dance curriculum is focused on learning through active creative tasks in a contemporary dance style. Boys and girls alike display a real enthusiasm for dance and enjoy the interactive nature of the curriculum that we provide.
|HT1|| Year 7: Baseline Assessment
Year 8: Contact Improvisation
Year 9: Ghost Dances
|HT2|| Year 7: The 5 Actions of Dance
Year 8: Snowboarding
Year 9: Swan Song
|HT3|| Year 7: Time Travel
Year 8: Capoeira
Year 9: Rosas
|HT4|| Year 7: Fright Night
Year 8: Countries and Cultures
Year 9: Hillsborough
|HT5|| Year 7: Big Dance
Year 8: War Dance
Year 9: Choreography
|HT6|| Year 7: Scheme of Work that relates to our school production.
Year 8: Scheme of Work that relates to our school production.
Year 9: Choreography continued
Key Stage Three- Dance Assessment: 2015 – 2016
At key stage three students are provided with fun and innovative programmes of study that focus on the following skills.: Performance, Choreography and Appreciation. Every scheme of work is created to ensure that each student has the opportunity to learn movement, perform this movement, choreograph their own dance pieces and evaluate how and why they have done this.
|Physical Skills||Choreographic processes||Evaluating my own work and the work of others|
|Technical Skills||Choreographic Devices||Professional Dance Works|
|Mental skills and attributes||Choreographic Structure||The relationship between dance and production|
|Safe Practice||Dance Environment||Historical and cultural context|
|Space and relationships|
There are many extra-curricular dance clubs on offer here at John Henry Newman Catholic College and students have the opportunity to perform the work that they have produced at these clubs in the many showcases that we hold throughout the academic year. Please see below for the Dance clubs on offer:
|Monday||KS3 Dance Club and KS4 coursework clinic (When available)|
|Tuesday||School Production Rehearsals|
|Wednesday||Boys Dance and School Production Rehearsals|
|Thursday||KS5 Intervention linked with School Production Rehearsals|
|Friday||Dept Meeting – Open Studio for rehearsals|
John Henry Newman Catholic College are also proud to be part of the ‘Boys Dancing Project’. This is a national project that encourages young men to get involved with dance. The Boys Dance group have worked on numerous pieces but the high lights are:
- A piece that was filmed in March 2012 and then shown on the ‘big screen’ at London’s Olympic Village in July 2012.
- Boys dance project where our students performed at The Warwick Arts Centre.
This year, we are embarking on the boys dance project again: Please see below for an over view of the upcoming project-
Boys Dancing is back!!
After the last, large-scale performance in June 2015, in 2016 we want to give our dancers an even bigger and more exciting challenge and our audiences a unique experience.
In 2016 Warwick Arts Centre and Being Frank Physical Theatre will produce a Boys Dancing event at Warwick Arts Centre that will celebrate The Underdogs. Using a selection of famous books and films as inspiration the boys and young men of Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire will create work in collaboration with the Boys Dancing artists exploring The Fight In All Of Us and What It Is That Keeps Us Going In Life.
For dance pictures, type some of the following into a Google image search:
- Contemporary Dance
- Street Dance/ Bollywood/ Charleston/ Rock and Roll/ Line Dancing
- Contact Improvisation/ Capoeira
- Rosas/ Ghost Dances/ Swan Song/ Hillsbourough
Any type of dance programme or film, such as:
- Strictly Come Dancing
- So You Think You Can Dance
- Step Up