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Cedars Upper School

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Dance is taught on a carousel with Art, Music and Drama. Students can opt to take Dance at GCSE and A Level, we follow AQA Specification.


Extra-Curricular dance is very popular at Cedars. Cedars Dance Company is on every Thursday 3.15-4.15pm and is open to all years and abilities. Once a member of CDC, dancers are auditioned to represent the school at various events such as awards evenings, school festivals, local community events and competitions. 

Year 9
In Year 9, using the style of dance as a foundation, students are introduced to the choreographic devices of action, space, relationships and dynamics. Lessons encourage students to work within groups, where they will develop their understanding of a particular style and choreographic device through practical exploration and will demonstrate their appreciation of others work through group performances and peer assessment. Year 9 Dancers are encouraged to have fun and use dance as a form of regular exercise.

GCSE Dance

GCSE Dance helps students develop technical and expressive skills as well as understanding and knowledge of dance through performance, choreography and critical appreciation of dance. 

This four unit specification enables students to:

  • Increase their confidence and self-esteem
  • Employ the skills of problem solving and creativity
  • Make educated decisions about dances

It allows students to actively and physically demonstrate their abilities through the controlled assessment which is worth 60% of the qualification and the practical exam, worth 20%.


A Level Dance

A-Level Dance provides students with the opportunity to gain experience of performance and choreography and to develop critical thinking about Dance.

This four-unit specification requires students to:

  • develop understanding knowledge as well as critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance within their own work and in professional repertoire
  • gain experience of choreography and performance through practice
  • gain in-depth knowledge of specific study areas and professional works

The practical elements of the course amount to 55% of the full qualification.

Both GCSE and A Level courses provides a solid foundation for a career in dance or performing arts and/or further studies in dance or performing arts.