Dance

To read about the Christmas Showcase click HERE.

Video

The above video is The Blyth Academy's piece for the first NET Arts event.

Vision

At The Blyth Academy Dance is an integral component within the creative arts, contributing to the social, physical and aesthetic development of our students. As students work together, they learn about tolerance and co-operation and develop an understanding of the shaping of movement into artistic forms of collaborative expression. Dance provides aesthetic and cultural education and introduces students to a wealth of traditional, social and theatrical forms. Students learn how to create, perform and appreciate dance.

Opportunities are sought for our students to interact with industry professionals by introducing guest artists to enrich and inspire as well as multidisciplinary collaboration to use dance as a vehicle for enrichment within other subjects.

All students have the opportunity to take part in extracurricular classes as well as taking part in performances within school and the local community.

Key Stage 3

Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 have one lesson of Dance per week. The lessons focus on development performance, choreography and appreciation skills. In Year 7 Students are given an introduction to Dance and the popular styles within the subject. Styles include contemporary, street and jazz dance. References to different cultures enable students to understand why different countries have a specific and unique dance style. In Years 8 and 9, contemporary dance is studied more in depth and the use of contact work is introduced. Musical Theatre and creative choreography units of work are also present in both years as well as studying specific choreographers such as Matthew Bourne.

Key Stage 4

Students can study either GCSE or BTEC Level 2 Dance. Both courses will help students to:

  • improve your fitness, creativity and ability to work in a team.
  • develop your independent learning skills, as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
  • develop a knowledge and understanding of a range of dance styles through the interrelated processes of performing, creating and appreciating dances.
  • develop physical, technical and expressive skills through which you are able to communicate choreographic intention and develop your individual qualities as performers
  • develop knowledge and understanding of choreography through which you are able to communicate ideas, thoughts and meaning drawn from a range of dance styles develop a critical appreciation of dance in its physical, artistic, aesthetic and cultural contexts

All dancers will be required to take part in at least three performances each year including our annual Dance Festival.

You will also have the opportunity to go on theatre trips and work with professional dancers. In the recent past Dancers at The Blyth School have worked with Adventures with Motion Pictures (Matthew Bourne), JazzWorks, Rambert Dance Company and well as working with the local dance agency, DanceCity.

The course will provide progression from Key Stage 3 and a solid foundation for further studies in dance or performing arts, including A-level Dance, BTEC Level 3 Dance or the Creative and Media Diploma, and/or a career in performing arts.

Key Stage 5

The BTEC Level 3 Dance qualification aims to provide a broad educational base for further training, further education and employment within the performing arts sector. The qualification develops students abilities through the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the course. With an emphasis on practical activity with high level, comprehensive pure dance training course aims to develop your technique, artistic understanding and overall fitness levels to prepare you fully for a career within the industry.

You will study:

  • Contemporary Dance Technique
  • Jazz Dance Technique
  • Choreographic Principals
  • Dance Appreciation
  • Performance Skills

Students are assessed through the performances such as the Christmas Dance Showcase, Local Dance Festival and Summer Dance Showcase. You will also have the opportunity to learn about leading dance for younger students taking part in our annual Blyth Primary Schools Tour.

Past students have gone onto:

  • Study Dance or Performing Arts at University or at a Further Education College.
  • Open their own Dance School.
  • Work as a Dancer at Flamingo Land Theme Park.
  • Dance in the Community facilitator at Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure.
  • Professional Dance Training such as Rambert Dance and The London School for Contemporary Dance.