"Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion."

– Martha Graham

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


In dance we aim to teach students the art of choreography and performance. Each individual will develop their journey specific to their ability and confidence. The aim is for everyone to develop the skills and techniques required to be able to execute movements at a good ability and also be able to choreograph and create dance thinking about the relevant choreographic devices needed to do this effectively. Individuals also need to have an understanding of the meaning behind dance and its contribution within the arts.


(Website) Dance Curriculum Journey Map


The button below will navigate to a series of resources which will support the development of skills and techniques and understanding of the subject.


At BTEC we follow the Pearson Performing Arts specification. This covers a broad range of styles and themes, students' develop skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of dance styles through the interrelated processes of performing, creating and appreciating dances. This covers a broad range of styles and themes, the components are:

Component 1 :

Exploring the Performing Arts

(Internally Assessed 30%)

  • Learners will examine live and recorded performances in order to develop their understanding of practitioners’ work in dance with reference to influences, outcomes and purpose.

Component 2 :

Developing Skills & Techniques in Performing Arts

(Internally Assessed 30%)

  • Learners will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of dance repertoire as performers.

Component 3 :

Responding to a brief

(Externally Assessed 40%)

  • Task set and marked by Pearson completed under supervised conditions.

  • Twelve weeks before the supervised assessment period, learners will be provided with the set task in order to carry out the development of creative ideas and rehearsal for the Workshop Performance.

The set task will be completed in three hours within the period timetabled by Pearson.


What are the core skills students develop in our subject?

Students' develop skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of dance styles through the interrelated processes of performing, creating and appreciating dances.

What are the big ideas in our subject?

Dance focuses on physical, technical and expressive skills through which students are able to communicate choreographic intention and develop their individual qualities as performers. Students' develop skills, knowledge and understanding of choreography through which they are able to communicate ideas, thoughts and meaning drawn from a range of dance styles. In particular, Dance increases cognitive acuity and integrates several brain functions simultaneously.

How do we ensure we support the development of core skills?

Projects have been designed to relate to achievement of application of the conceptual underpinning for the sector through realistic tasks and activities. This style of assessment promotes deep learning through ensuring the connection between knowledge and practice.

Projects require learners to apply performances skills and techniques in response to a brief and stimulus developing group performance workshop for a selected audience. This ensures that there is sufficient stretch and challenge, enabling the assessment of knowledge and understanding at the end of the learning period.

What motivates and interests our students?

Students study Dance through a series of workshops and performance in order to develop their performing, compositional and appreciation skills. Students develop social skills as well as improving their health as a result of studying Dance.

How do we ensure consistency across the key stages?

All of these practical elements are reinforced via a critical appreciation of dance in its physical, artistic, aesthetic and cultural contexts