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Dance Overview

Andrew Moxon<br>Head of Performing Arts

Andrew Moxon
Head of Performing Arts

Head of Department

Please email Andrew Moxon if you need to make an enquiry about music.

Curriculum Time

In Year 7 and 8 all pupils receive two hours a fortnight of dance/drama in the curriculum. In Year 9 pupils have the opportunity to opt for dance as a discrete subject, for two hours a fortnight, before then choosing it as a GCSE option subject. Dance has proved an increasing popular option in the past three years.


Homework is set routinely for all Year 10 and 11 GCSE dancers, as part of the school Homework Timetable. Pupils keep a record of the homework in their planners. Dance homework is not set for Key Stage 3 students.

Class Groupings

In Year 7, 8 and 9 all classes are mixed ability. There is one group for GCSE dance.

GCSE Syllabus We follow AQA 4230 GCSE Dance Syllabus. EDEXCEL 1426 GCSE Music Syllabus. There is only one tier of entry in dance. The course is divided into four distinct areas: Unit 1 Critical Appreciation of Dance (20%), Unit 2 Set Dance (20%), Unit 3 Performance in a Duo/Group Dance (20%) and Unit 4 Choreography (40%). Units 2, 3 and 4 are practical units, with a final live performance to an examiner at the end of Year 11, and Unit 1 is examined at the end of Year 11.

Rooming and Resources

The majority of teaching takes place in our superb, purpose-built studio and a designated classroom space. With its sprung floor, the studio is particularly well suited to movement work, and features retractable tiered seating and a sound and lighting rig, enabling us to stage a variety of productions throughout the academic year. There are boys and girls changing rooms available, and toilets on-site. The foyer is an excellent display area and we enjoy celebrating past productions with photo displays of students’ work.

Departmental Ethos

Dance provides pupils with the opportunity to develop the power of their imagination through movement. Not only does it instill confidence and the ability to co-operate and share with others, as an art form it allows pupils to explore

ideas, issues, values and feelings. In addition it provides a platform for expression outside the confines of the classroom.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

We offer a wide range of fantastic extra-curricular opportunities, from en-masse participation groups to bespoke ensembles for our most experienced musicians. Performance to parents and within the local community is vital for the positive promotion of the school and the department, and for building students’ confidence and a sense of enjoyment.

Other Information

Students are expected to wear a Ryedale School Performing Arts T-shirt and tracksuit bottoms for all Dance/Drama lessons. Please check the School Uniform page for more information.

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