Dance is a new subject that was introduced to Loxford in September 2021! It is a vibrant subject, which enables our students to develop their communication, confidence and problem solving, as well as maturing their memory, creativity and initiative.

Dance is taught in Years 7 and 8 and at KS4. It is within the Performing Arts faculty and increases students’ knowledge on physical, technical and expressive skills, through practical activity.

General Outcomes and Objectives of Dance

  • Promotion of fitness, healthy lifestyle, teamwork and creativity
  • Develops independent learning
  • Allows for critical and reflective thinking
  • Matures students’ understanding of a range of dance styles through performance, creation and appreciation
  • Advances physical, technical and expressive skills, which you are able to communicate choreographic intention and individuality as a performer

We expect

  • All students to comply with changing expectations, both male and female, getting changed into their kit (the same as PE kit), in less than 6 minutes
  • All students to wear the Loxford PE kit for lessons
  • All students to tie up their hair
  • If a non-participant, students should bring in a note that is dated and signed by a parent/carer/ guardian.
  • All non-participants are expected to bring in their kit and will complete a non-participant worksheet.
  • All non-participants are expected to catch up on any work missed.
  • To give no less than 100% in every lesson!


Currently at KS3 Year 7 and 8 study Dance on a Carousel with Drama. This means they will study Dance for half of the year.

In Year 7 and 8students are enriched with multiple genres of dance which enhances teamwork, communication skills and practical ability.

Students are able to observe professional works and peers, to aspire and encourage further improvements in performances.

YEAR 7/8





5 Basic Body Actions

Musical Theatre



At GCSE students study the AQA GCSE Dance specification

The course combines practical and written skills with a focus on choreography and performance, as well as analysis and criticism of dance.

The subject content details the knowledge, understanding and skills that students are expected to learn during the course of study. This is set out below in three core areas of dance: performance, choreography and appreciation.

  • Component 1A: Performance - Students must develop and apply the following knowledge, understanding and skills to perform dance as a soloist for approximately one minute and in a duet/trio for a minimum of three minutes
  • Component 1B: Choreography - Students must learn how to respond creatively to an externally set stimulus, to choreograph their own complete dance. The dance created must be either: • a solo dance of a minimum of two minutes and a maximum of two and a half minutes or • a group dance of a minimum of three minutes and a maximum of three and a half minutes for two to five dancers.
  • Component 2: Dance Appreciation - Through written communication and use of appropriate terminology, students must be able to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate their own work in performance and choreography and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of professional practice in the six set works in the GCSE Dance Anthology. This is the end of year 11 written exam.

Students must complete both assessment components.

Component 1: Performance and choreography

What's assessed


  • Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration)
  • Duet/trio performance (three minutes in a dance which is a maximum of five minutes in duration)


  • Solo or group choreography – a solo (two to two and a half minutes) or a group dance for two to five dancers (three to three and a half minutes)

How it's assessed
Internally marked and externally moderated

  • 30% of GCSE
  • 40 marks


  • 30% of GCSE
  • 40 marks

Total component 60%
Non-exam assessment (NEA) marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.


Component 2: Dance appreciation

What's assessed

  • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
  • Critical appreciation of own work
  • Critical appreciation of professional works

How it's assessed

  • 40% of GCSE
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks


Based on students' own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology.


GCSE Results 2023


Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 57% grades 9-4

Future Careers for Dance:

Dance enables students to develop socially whilst promoting creativity, fitness and well-being. 

As students become a performer, they also develop our confidence, self-esteem and team working skills. This positive and determined mind set is useful in all jobs! 

Dancers are creative, have confidence in performing in front of an audience and working with others. 

Many dancers go into the performing arts, media, health and well-being such as yoga or Pilates teaching or other 'people jobs' such as tourism.