Dance & Performing Arts
Head of Department – Miss Miller
Dance is growing year on year both within the school’s extensive extra-curricular programme and during curriculum time. Dance at St. Aidan’s aims to complement other departments such as PE, Music and Drama and provide opportunities for students to gain physical, mental and social benefits from doing a fun, creative and inclusive activity.
In KS3 Dance is taught as part of the PE and as a stand alone subject both at GCSE and A Level. The aims are to improve technical and performance skills, gain understanding of the processes involved in creating dance and gives an opportunity to appreciate existing dance works. Performing Arts is also taught as an isolated subject at A Level.
Dance clubs are on offer for all students in Year 7 – 9 and welcome all students with any experience. Spotlight (performing arts showcase now in its 6th year) being the climax of the school’s KS3 extra-curricular Performing Arts programme. Aidance is an auditioned group of dancers (Years 10 – 13) who are working at an advanced level who meet and perform regularly.
The Dance department often plays a large role in the school musical, as music, dance and drama are combined to provide a showcase of the very best talent the school has to offer. The department also works with local dance organisations and professionals in the industry, many of whom are former students of the school. Find out more about some of the amazing things former Dance and Performing Arts students are doing.