Welcome to the Sandringham Dance faculty. We aim to provide a curriculum that gives the students an appreciation of a range of dance styles and cultures and its place within the wider world. Inspiring, exploring and sharing our love of dance, a large number of students study the subject or take part in our varied enrichment and dance performance programmes.
Dance is a popular and highly regarded subject at Sandringham. It is taught in Years 7 and 8 and is offered as an optional subject in Year 9 and Key Stage 4 where students can follow a nationally recognised Dance Leaders course gaining a qualification on completion of the course.
Students also have the opportunity to study dance as an examination subject at both GCSE and A Level. Furthermore, dance is an extremely popular extra-curricular activity for all years.
Dance helps students develop a number of skills:
- Visual appreciation of dance and choreography
- Balanced judgement
- Information gathering and assessment
- Ability to work on your own or as part of a team
Key Stage 3
In Year 7 Dance is taught in tutor groups for one half term and in Year 8 is offered as a carousel subject, with students taking part in two half term schemes of work. In Year 9 Dance is offered as an optional module subject and the students have the opportunity to study GCSE or BTEC dance at Key Stage 4 and A-level Dance at Key Stage 5.
Dance helps students develop a number of skills, here are just a few benefits:
- Improves Physical Health
- Enhances Emotional Development
- Encourages Socialization
- Encourages Creativity
- Enhances Cognitive Development
Key Stage 3 Curriculum Map
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Maps
Extra-Curricular Dance is extremely popular within the school. Lunch time and after school dance clubs are available for all year groups from beginners through to advanced dancers offering a range of dance styles.
There is an annual school dance show ‘Velocity’ involving a large number of students from across the school and from our local primary schools in the Sandringham schools theatre, The Sandpit. This is an extremely popular event on the school calendar.
At Sandringham we have four resident dance companies.
- Tuxedo Dance Company (Hip Hop)
- SYCD – Sandringham Contemporary Dance Company
- Limitless Boys Dance Company
- TripleEdge Contemporary Dance Company (Key Stage 3)
Auditions are held twice a year for the two companies, SYCD and Tuxedo and this is opened up to students from other Hertfordshire schools.
All students have the opportunity to perform at many dance events throughout the year. Recent performances include:
- House Dance Choreography
- Whole School Show
- Summer Show
- Mapdance Curtain raiser performance