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Sir Jonathan North College

Sir Jonathan North College




'The Dance curriculum explores many styles of dance, including Rock n Roll and Bhangra. I enjoy this because I love learning how other people dance in different parts of the world and how they danced in the past too.' 


'I've had the amazing opportunity to take part in the Dance Silver Arts Award with SJNCC. Earning this qualification has given me the chance to take part in lots of workshops and activities, as well as building my abilities within dance. I have absolutely loved it.' 


‘Silver Arts has brought me so many opportunities and memories that are so unreal and I so badly want to relive.  I’ve become so close to people because of it and it’s been one of the happiest times I’ve had at school.’


Dance delivers high quality, enthusiastic and exciting practical lessons. Each week students explore a range of skills from the main three key components of performance, choreography and evaluation.

Dance is taught in mixed ability tutor groups. Year 7 and 9 study the subject for half a year in rotation with Drama. Year 8 experience Dance for the entire year.

Sir Jonathan North offers a wide range of extra-curricular clubs, visits and workshops to enhance the dance curriculum. Highlights include the Arts Award Showcase and Summer Arts Festival. Please click here for further information.

KS3 Programme of Study

Year 7

  • Warm Up: Technical Study
  • Working from a Stimulus: Group Choreography
  • Rock 'n' Roll: duet performance

Year 8

  • Warm Up: Technical Study
  • Matthew Bourne's 'Nutcracker!' Group Choreography
  • Emancipation of Expression: group performance piece taken from the GCSE dance anthology 
  • Within her eyes: contact improvisation choreography piece taken from the GCSE dance anthology 

Year 9

  • Warm Up: Technical Study
  • Set Technical Study: Duet Performance taken from GCSE dance specification
  • Linha Curva: group choreography taken from the GCSE dance anthology



“Dance is the highlight of my day. It allows me to be active, creative and inquisitive. In Year 10 it has encouraged me to think outside of the box and developed my team work and confidence skills. What I enjoy most is learning by doing.”


As outstanding practitioners, the dance teachers at Sir Jonathan North constantly create new, dynamic and exciting ways to deliver the course content. Students are encouraged to work outside of their comfort zone challenging their creativity, confidence and performance skills.

Alongside learning the three key components of performance, choreography and dance appreciation, the GCSE course develops team work and independent learning.

Performance assesses students’ technical and expressive skills and is worth 30% of the GCSE course. Students learn four contemporary set dance phrases set by the exam board. Three are then selected to perform as a solo piece lasting 1 minute.                                                                                       

Using the set phrases from their solo pieces, students combine with others to create a group. This piece is choreographed by the teacher as students are only marked on their performance skills. The group’s performance piece will last between 3-3 ½ minutes.

Choreography assesses students’ ability to plan and create their own dance and is worth 30% of the GCSE course. Students will create either a solo or group piece of choreography, in response to a range of stimuli set by the exam board.

Dance Appreciation is a 90 minute exam paper sat at the end of Year 11 and is worth 40% of the GCSE course. The written paper asks students to reflect on their knowledge and understanding of the choreographic process and performance skills. Additionally critical appreciation of their own work and of professional dance works is assessed.  

Over the two year period eight short professional dance works from the GCSE Dance Anthology are studied and analysed for their movement content, set design, costume, lighting and musical accompaniment.

GCSE Programme of Study

Year 10
Performance and Choreography

  • Developing technical, physical and expressive skills
  • Exploring Contact Improvisation
  • Developing the Choreographic Progress
  • Group Performance Piece Rehearsal and Assessment

Appreciation of the Dance Anthology

  • Emancipation of Expressionism
  • Within Her Eyes
  • A Linha Curva
  • Shadows
  • Infra
  • Artificial Things

Year 11
Performance and Choreography

  • Solo or Group Choreography in Reponse to teh Exam Paper Rehearsal and Assessment
  • Solo Performance Piece Rehearsal and Assessment
  • Expressive Arts Exam Week - Filming of Exam Work

Critical Analysis of the Dance Anthology

  • Emancipation of Expressionism
  • Within Her Eyes
  • A Linha Curva
  • Shadows
  • Infra
  • Artificial Things

Useful Resources

EDMODO is extensively used to share any classroom resources such as Spaced Learning PowerPoints, fact files, choreographer interviews, video links and test papers. Students have a unique login that they can access through the following link:

GCSE Bitesize offer resources for dance.  

The GCSE Dance Anthology studies six professional set works, below are links to all of the companies websites:

Stopgap Dance Company
Rambert Dance Company
The Royal Ballet
Phoenix dance Company
James Cousins Company
Boy Blue Entertainment

Top Tips

Encourage your daughter to improve and develop her technical and performance skills by joining a dance class outside of school or participating in one off workshops.

Ask your daughter for her critical opinion about a show or dance that you have watched on television or at the theatre.

Encourage your daughter to watch a variety of dance styles. Curve Theatre and The Peepul Centre in Leicester offer a wide range of exciting live performances. Television programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing, Britain’s Got Talent and Dance Dance Dance also feature a wide variety of styles.

Ask your daughter to bring her folder home and discuss her learning journal with you.