Every year the dance department provide students with the opportunity to take part in a range of professional workshops and see live performances. Last year students were lucky enough to take part in workshops delivered by world renowned dance companies such as the BalletBoyz, Frantic Asssembly, Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company and Random Dance. Students were also able to watch live performances by 2Faced Dance Company, The BalletBoyz, Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company and Random Dance.

The dance department are running several very exciting performance trips this year with the first being ‘Hairspray’ at the Ipswich Regent in November. Other upcoming trips include visits to Jerwood dance house to watch a performance by Protein; this is open to students from year 10 upwards with an interest in dance. A visit to a Vocational dance school to inform students of dance opportunities in higher education will also be happening before the Christmas holidays.

The dance department run a vast range of workshops throughout the academic year, targeting a range of students and dance styles. These include; a gifted and talented workshop led by Tom Hobden on behalf of the Centre of Advanced Training at Dance East to develop skills in contemporary dance and to give an insight into the CAT scheme available in the local area. Audition preparation day workshop to develop the skills needed for our students to be successful when applying for higher education placements. Boys only workshops will take place once a term with limitless dance company teaching street and break dance skills. Frantic Assembly will deliver a full day workshop to Level 3 BTEC performing arts students developing their physical theatre skills.

Good luck to our GCSE students who will be completing their practical examinations in March by performing a group dance and two choreographies. Students have been working hard on their pieces during lessons and in after school sessions and hopefully all of their hard work will pay off. Their written examination will take place during the summer exam period.
Our BTEC Level 2 Dance students will complete their Unit 1:Individual Showcase practical examination of two solos before February in which their results will be received in August 2016.
Our BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts students will be completing practical performance examinations throughout the year, preparing them for a career in the arts. Good luck!

DanceExtra Curricular Opportunities:
There are many extracurricular opportunities for dancers at CCHS.
The department will be auditioning dancers at various points throughout the year to select students for specific performance opportunities, these may include; U Dance Festival, Springblast at Chelmsford Civic Theatre, Suffolk Schools Jam at Jerwood Dance House Ipswich and many more.
Intervention for GCSE and BTEC students runs on a weekly basis every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, students must arrange with their teacher a suitable time for support with this.

Kinet-X Dance Company has all new members this year and now includes gifted and talented dancers from years 7 to 13. Our fantastic past members of the company have now left school and are pursuing exciting courses in dance independently and at further education establishments. Kinet-X' are due to perform at the Chelmsford Civic Theatre for the Springblast Dance Showcase in March, the Suffolk Schools Jam and the Red Cross’s Make your Move. These events will be fantastic opportunities for our students to experience performing in a professional setting and see the work of other students from across the Essex region.
In previous years is has been stated that; ‘standard of dance in Essex is outstanding!’ The Artistic Director of Step into Dance from the Royal Academy of Dance, and "the work Kinet-X showcased in Springblast was outstanding! I would really like to put the work forward for other showcases as I think local schools and colleges should see the high level of energy and technique from your students" - The organisers of Springblast.

Kinet-X peform their original piece - 'Relentless'

DanceDance is about performance skills, choreographic tasks and analysis and appreciation of professional and of their own dance works. There are practical and theoretical elements at every Key Stage level.

Key Stage 3
Students in Years 7 and 8 are involved in compulsory Dance lessons which are fun and introduce them to the courses which are available in later years; they learn the skills of choreography, performance and evaluation.

Key Stage 4
DanceIn Year 10 the students will either continue their BTEC First Award course in Performing Arts: Dance or complete a GCSE in Performing Arts: Dance.

On the BTEC first award course students will -
Perform a whole class dance based on a piece of famous repertoire, supported by research into the piece and a log book of their findings and ideas, an assessment in Jazz and Contemporary technique, a performance of a group dance based on either Jazz or Contemporary style and an external assessment in which they must perform two solo’s with a supporting letter of application for an audition.

On the GCSE course students -
Perform a Set Study Solo Dance, create a motif solo choreography, choreograph a dance based on a stimulus of their choice, perform as part of a group and prepare for their written examination which is 20% of their final grade.

DanceKey Stage 5
This year BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts Dance is an option for those students in the 6th form who are looking at taking their dance further. The students complete a compulsory Performance unit and optional units based on choreography and technique alongside it. This course enables students to explore a range of dance styles, choreographic techniques and traditional and current practitioners within the art form. The course also enables students to gain experience performing in various venues and allows them to get an understanding of the life of a dancer and how to pursue a career in this field.
A level dance is currently running for our Year 12 cohort and has run in the school for a number of years. For the AS part of the course students must choreograph and perform a solo and perform in a duo or trio, students will also sit a written examination for which they study anatomy and physiology, choreographic process and professional work. In order to complete the A Level students must choreograph a group dance, perform a solo in the style of a practitioner from an area of study and sit a written examination in which students study a professional work in depth and an area of study.

DanceWhy Study Dance?
At CCHS, we believe that studying dance can be a valuable part of every child’s education and here are a few reasons why.....

1. Dance teaches you communication skills and adaptability
Learning how to interact and communicate with peers is a skill transferable to many different situations, it allows you to be able to listen to others and express your own ideas. Learning to work as a team to create dance can help you see things from a range of perspectives, develop your problem-solving skills, and make you more adaptable, resourceful and creative.

2. Dance teaches the values and skills of creativity, problem solving, risk taking, making judgments in the absence of rules, and higher-order thinking skills. Learning how to choreograph in response to various stimuli encourages students to explore various ways of approaching a task in order to lead to a successful outcome. Students are encouraged to continuously re-assess and change work to enable improvement this often involves taking risks and challenges their judgment.

3. Dance provides an opportunity for students to recognize that there are multiple solutions to problems. Learning how to create movement through various methods and strategies and learning how to interpret dance in different ways develops students understanding and ability to find multiple solutions to problems, this is an important skill to possess and one which is transferable across many subjects and later in life when in further education or work.

4. Dance aids the development of kinesthetic intelligence
Learning dance fosters an individual’s ability to better interpret interpersonal nonverbal communication. Through stimulating all the senses, dance goes beyond verbal language in engaging dancers and promoting the development of multisensory beings.

5. Dance gives you a sense of achievement
Learning dance allows you to challenge and use your body and mind in a creative way. You need to be able to think on your feet, perceiver with challenging choreography, and face daunting performances, but when you manage to create exciting choreography, deliver an engaging performance or meet your own smaller goals for improvement, you get a real sense of achievement.

6. Dance helps students develop physical fitness, appreciation of the body, concern for sound health practices, and effective stress management approaches. Learning dance can enhance an individual’s lifelong quality of life by giving students an understanding of the importance of health and fitness in both body and mind.

7. Dance teaches you cultural awareness
Learning the dances of other cultures helps students to develop an understanding and respect for them. Students study a range of dance styles including; Barata Natyam, Bollywood, Capoeira and African dance.

8. Dance education prepares people for careers in dance and other fields
Learning dance can lead to careers directly related to dance including; performing, choreographing, teaching, dance management, dance publicity or funding, dance injury and rehabilitation. Learning dance can also develop skills such as communication, problem solving and risk taking, all of which are appealing to employers in many fields of work.