Dance is taught within the PE Faculty at Windsor in a purpose built state of the art dance studio.
The Dance Department aims to support the school in developing a learning area where the following takes place:
- High expectations of all staff and students
- A learning culture is developed
- Independent learning is encouraged
- Students want to improve
In Dance we aim to create an area where students feel:
- To foster aesthetic awareness
- To develop creativity in individuals
- To celebrate and share achievements in dance
- To build self esteem and self expression
- To work with our local community in promoting dance
- To increase understanding of diverse cultural traditions
- To encourage collaborative and cooperative working methods
Key Stage 3
The students have dance within PE lessons as a 10 week unit for years 7 and 8 and up to 3 units in year 9. Students are taught in single sex groups and study the technique of dance, performance and choreography through different styles.
Key Stage 4
Students study GCSE dance according to the AQA syllabus. Exam results consistently exceed the national average. Students also receive some dance within the PE curriculum at Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 5
Students can choose to study any of four courses available at Key Stage 5. These include:
- A-Level Dance
- BTEC Extended Certificate in Performing Arts: Dance (equivalent to 1 A-level)
- BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts: Dance (equivalent to 2 A-levels)
- BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts: Dance (equivalent to 3 A-levels)
Dance offers an extensive range of clubs before school, at lunch times and after school. Within these clubs, a vast range of dance styles are covered including contemporary, jazz, urban, commercial, lyrical and many more. As well as clubs, students regularly have the opportunity to attend and perform in many events across the year. These performances range from local festivals to national events
such as the performance at the opening ceremony of the National School Games.
Within these clubs we have Dance Companies who have extra opportunity to perform including at our 3 annual dance productions held in each term at different local venues and theatres. This gives students the opportunity to be challenged for their dance and performance ability.
As well as opportunities stemming from clubs, students are offered residential experiences. Some of these include stays in London visiting Pineapple Dance Studios’, Disneyland Paris, Baltimore (USA) and in some instances stays in different areas for events like the National School Games.
- Windsor High School and Sixth Form Dance Production – held at Windsor High School and Sixth Form
- An Easter Celebration of Dance held at Stourbridge Town Hall
- Summer Fun Day held at Windsor High School and Sixth Form
- Summer Showcase held at The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
- Local festivals (both community and school)