Dance at Hilbre is a very popular subject that achieves outstanding results across all key stages; Recently acknowledged in the school 2016 Ofsted report for pupils' excellent progress at GCSE.
In year 7 all pupils have a Dance lesson once a week in mixed groups of approximately 24. Year 7 pupils are introduced to the choreographic process through the exploration of a range of dance styles. Whilst predominantly practical, pupils are encouraged to develop analytical skills both of their own work and that of others.
In years 8 and 9, Dance is a very popular optional subject. There are 2 classes in each year group of up to 20 pupils. Pupils opting to continue to study Dance facilitates rapid and sustained progress and an extremely positive learning environment. In year 8, pupils develop their choreography skills, learning more complex techniques and develop their technical and expressive skills, whilst continually developing theoretical aspects of dance appreciation. In year 9, pupils continue to develop these skills and are introduced to a number of professional dance works.
GCSE pupils follow the AQA syllabus, which explores and assesses pupils on 3 core components:
In Sixth form we offer Btec Performing Arts (Dance), in which they explore the Dance profession by completing units on preparing for live performance and dance appreciation, whilst specialising in a specific style in their second year of the course.
Dance is delivered in a bespoke studio, with full length mirrors, lighting rig and top of the range sound equipment.
We offer an annual trip to London for all KS4/5 Dance pupils where we dance at the famous Pineapple Studios and work with professional west end performers. We are also introducing a short residential Dance stay for KS3 Dance students at the Conway Centre through Homegrown Dance theatre.
Performance opportunities arise throughout the year for all year groups and we encourage pupils to get involved with as much as they can, particularly our annual school musical show.
Dance and performance is an integral part of school life and pupils are encouraged to use our facilities to develop their own work, rehearse and develop their performance skills.