Profile of the department
Dance is one of the great art forms of the world, and a thriving career option in the 21st century. Our Dance department has three well-qualified members of staff, trained in a wide range of dance styles. We teach to the highest standard and achieve consistently strong results in all Key Stages.
We are also proud of the contribution that dance makes to students' transferable skills, providing structured and active opportunities to increase awareness, discipline and creative methods of accessing literacy, numeracy and organisational skills. Data is used to aid planning and delivery of high quality lessons and schemes of work, and also to provide consistent feedback, helping students to improve and become aware and independent learners. The department works with a range of resources, including established links with professional dancers, companies, theatres, and higher education institutions. We have successfully sent many Year 13 students on to B.A. degree courses in Dance; they often return to Plumstead Manor to share their experience of university life with our current 6th formers. Curriculum studies are complimented and expanded on through a wide variety of extra-curricular Dance Clubs, and trips to see professional dance in the theatre.
As part of our school's KS2 to KS3 transition we have regular links with local primary schools, teaching dance workshops and projects with several of our cluster group either at the primary school venue, or here in Plumstead Manor’s Dance Studio. We are also a lively and popular part of Year 7 induction days.
Students in Years 7 and 8 have a Dance lesson every week, and are assessed regularly. Dance schemes of work include performance, choreography, dance knowledge and dance appreciation. The combination of these activities, plus regular assessment and feedback provides students with a structured awareness of their achievements and progression, using the 1-9 Banding system. Curriculum activities are complimented by Dance Clubs which work towards making performance pieces for the school’s annual dance show Outburst. This combination of curriculum and extra-curricular activities provide Year 9 with experience and knowledge to make an informed choice when choosing their Key Stage 4 options.
Year 10 and 11 students can opt for the AQA GCSE Dance course, comprising learning/assessment in performance, choreography, dance appreciation and history. Studies connect to the wider professional
dance world, providing students with a rich diversity of performance, choreographic and theoretical opportunities to expand their skills, knowledge and understanding. This will provide challenging and up to date experiences which will help them to achieve their full potential, and to make an informed choice about taking Dance studies in Plumstead Manor’s Sixth Form.
We have achieved outstanding success with our first cohort of Level 3 BTEC Performing Arts: Dance students, who completed their course in June 2016. 100% gained Merit and Distinction /Distinction* grades, with 62% gaining a Distinction*. We are proud that all students achieved their target grade, and 75% exceeded them.
Students are able to study higher level dance techniques, choreography, dance history and appreciation, in a wide range of international styles including ballet, contemporary (release and Cunningham), Nigerian/African, Kathak, Hip Hop and Street Dance forms.
Students have applied successfully for a wide range of university degree courses (e.g. Law, Economics, Broadcast Journalism, and Education), and we currently have ex-PMS Dance Sixth formers studying for B.A. degrees in Dance at the University of Kingston, University of Middlesex, University of Bedford and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Outburst! is our annual dance show involving students from Years 7-13, in their own choreography plus that of teachers and Dance Club guest choreographers. Cast numbers have grown, with 101 students performing in Outburst 15. Dance styles reflect the vibrant diversity of our school and its dancing community; Ballet, Bollywood, Dance Fever, Tap, Nigerian, Nepalese, Irish Dance, and Physical Theatre.
Rise Dance Company; for talented and motivated dancers in Years 8-13. Also Dance Clubs, for Years 7 & 8, and 9 are on offer to keen students wishing to extend their performance and creative experience.
To see Contemporary, Ballet, Street, Hip Hop, South Asian and many other dance styles, at local and major international venues such as The Royal Opera House, The 02, and Sadler's Wells Theatre.