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All students participate in weekly Dance lessons throughout Year 7 & 8. At KS3 students develop their technical competence and skills in choreography, performance and analysis, encouraging active and healthy lifestyles.

Students study a range of styles including; Contemporary Dance, Street Dance, Capoeira, Latin-American, Contact Improvisation & Site Specific Dance, based on current Professional works and practitioners.


The new specification for GCSE Dance offers a greater focus on practical work, with an exciting content informed by professional works and opportunities to participate in workshops, classes and performances with professional artists and companies. The course will enable you to develop technical competence, physical and personal skills, knowledge and understanding of dance as a choreographer.

GCSE Dance is delivered within 2 lessons a week over 3 years and is made up of practical and theory lessons. Each term, modules are delivered to improve techniques in a range of styles; choreography projects that explore and synthesise ideas; performance opportunities learning the exposure skills necessary for effective performance and critical appreciation lessons developing critical, perceptual and evaluative skills.


This course is designed for candidates from any dance background with a strong interest in Dance or the Performing Arts Sector. The course provides an in depth practical and theoretical study of dance, with excellent progression routes in to University and Conservatoire courses or as part of an enriching programme at Post 16 building invaluable and transferable skills.

Course Structure 

Component 1 : Performance and Choreography (50%)

  • Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner within an area of study
  • Performance in a quartet
  • Group choreography

Component 2 : Critical Appreciation (50%)

  • Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two professional set works.
  • Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two areas of study.

Extra Curricular

KS3 Elite Dance Training Programme

Elite Dance Training Programme at Coppice Performing Arts School for Gifted & Talented dancers in KS3. The training programme provides a foundation for intense technical and choreographic training in order to nurture dancers who display strong potential, high attainment, and an appropriate attitude to follow a pathway in dance.

The highly successful programme is identified as an extra lesson on the students timetable over four days a week from 8:15am – 8:50am. The programme aims to support the students studies of dance within the curriculum and training outside of school, focusing on the academic styles of Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary Dance including choreographic development.

The programme is an opportunity to celebrate, showcase and nurture the talented dancers based here at Coppice Performing Arts School and provides on top of their weekly classes, performance practice, links with professional artists, and is a recognised status for the students in school.

Flexus Dance Collective

Flexus Dance Collective is a Dance Organisation based at Coppice Performing Arts School that focuses on the enrichment, training, promotion and support of young people, developing artists and establishing artists. Since 2004, the Flexus reputation and profile has been built through the high standards, discipline and professionalism instilled in the dancers though training and performance, with the Organisation’s ongoing commitment and investment to nurture and support the dancers throughout their Education, Training and early career journeys. Coppice houses 3 of Flexus’s Nationally recognised Youth Companies, that train weekly with Professional artists and perform regionally and nationally throughout the year.