Head of Dance – Nicola Dominy
Dance is taught throughout the Senior School and Sixth form (years 9-13). It forms part of the physical education curriculum, is taught as an option within GCSE PE and can be continued at both AS and A level.
The curriculum encourages students to discover the diversity within dance ranging from classical, to commercial and contemporary techniques. Teaching focus and disciplined training, Dance at Hurst nurtures students with the skills, knowledge and understanding, necessary for achieving the set attainment targets for year 3 through to year 8. Students in year 9 then follow on with their studies of dance within PE with the potential for students to take dance at GCSE level. Dance can then be taken on at AS/A2 for students who wish to explore the subject at a higher level.
Dance provides a means of expression and communication distinct from other art forms. The practical, theoretical and contextual study of dance as an art form contributes to a student’s artistic, physical, aesthetic, cultural and social development. It enables pupils to find their own voice as creator, performer and critic.
Students at Hurst can also choose to join dance clubs as an extra-curricular activity. Clubs explore various styles of performance ranging from street to ballet. Each year groups of boys and girls form dance companies and perform together throughout the year, concluding with the annual Dance Showcase.
Dance makes a special contribution to both physical and arts education, supports learning in other subjects and plays an important role in promoting physical fitness and well-being. Most importantly, dance harnesses the power to build a new found sense of confidence in every student here at Hurst.
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Metamorphoses: Art and Dance collaborative project
The Senior School Art and Dance departments have showcased a collaborated response to Titian’s depiction of Diana and Actaeon, from Ovid’s famous poem Metamorphoses. To see and read more, click here
18 May 2013