Head of Dance
Nicola gained a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance from the University of Surrey before continuing her training and work experience at two of Britain’s most prestigious contemporary dance centres, The Place and Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance in London. She later became a dance artist for Pitstop Dance Company, Prang Dance Company and The Long and Short Of It Dance Company. After gaining her PGCE teaching qualification, Nicola worked for three years in a maintained school and has now been at Hurst for eight years delivering dance at KS3, GCSE, and A-level as well as running an extensive extra-curricular programme and is an examiner for AQA.
Dance is fully supported throughout the College and participation is encouraged for both boys and girls. Our philosophy is that whether you consider yourself to be a natural dancer or not, the real importance lies in simply being open to the experience, gaining an appreciation of the subject and utilising the variety of transferable skills that dance can provide. Creative subjects are being increasingly seen as playing an integral role within a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.
Dance provides an increased awareness of physical and expressive skills, an appreciation of the cultural and social context, employment of lateral thinking in response to creative tasks, the development of interpersonal skills and an acute awareness and appreciation of the human body.
Studying A-level Dance provides students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the subject, delivered through practical and theoretical studies. Students are encouraged to discover their own original movement vocabulary as well as increase their own performance ability to a high standard and to think creatively and analytically, which fittingly primes them for higher education in general or more specific performing arts courses. We follow the AQA specification, with all exams taking place at the end of the course.
I am hoping to go on to study Medicine at university and taking A-level Dance has benefitted me greatly as it has helped me to develop an acute awareness of the body. I love the anatomical theory aspect of the course and how I can relate it to my own body through dancing. Also, taking dance helps to differentiate me from other medical applicants as it shows I have interests beyond the Sciences
A-level Dance student