The dance department is a hardworking and busy environment with staff who have a range of professional performing, choreographic and teaching expertise. The fully equipped studios are always busy with students in classes, rehearsals and performances and, whether they are specialising in dance, or fulfilling aspects of their musical theatre or theatre courses, there are high expectations placed upon all students to meet the challenge of the disciplined and professional environment we create. The department has formed strong links with the local and wider community where students regularly perform, gaining skills that will enhance their learning and instil the qualities required to succeed into the dance world.
The KS4 Dance course develops the students’ understanding of dance through the study of choreography, performance, technique, appreciation and the working practices of the performing arts industry.
All students who take this course will be working towards the BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Performing Arts.
The BTEC Level 2 First Certificate consists of units of study which can typically include a number from the following list
- Individual Showcase
- Preparation, Performance and Production
- Dance Skills
- The Performing Arts Industry
- Performance in Context
- Movement Skills
- Devising Performance Work
- Exploring Improvisation
- Multimedia Performance
- Contemporary Dance Techniques
- Exploring Urban Dance Styles
- Jazz Dance Techniques
If you are applying for this course you are expected to have aptitude and a keen interest in dance and experience of performing arts activities.
Most students who complete the KS4 Dance course move on to either our Post-16 dance or musical theatre courses. A small number may continue their dance training at a specialist vocational school.
After the Post 16 course students move into a variety of different pathways. The following are examples of what past Post 16 Dance students are doing now:
- Studying for a dance degree at either a university or a vocational dance school
- Training to be a musical theatre performer at vocational schools such as Bird College, Urdang, London Studio Centre, LIPA or to be a contemporary dancer and choreographer at places such as Laban Trinity, London Contemporary Dance School or Northern School of Contemporary Dance
- Performing and teaching after further training
- Many students have performed in pop videos, as backing dancers for live concerts, on cruise ships and in touring musical and dance productions
- Working for holiday camps such as Butlins, Pontins or Haven Holidays
- Training and working in the fitness industry
- Freelance education work in UK and abroad
- Arts administration
- Dance development worker or community dance artist facilities and activities
There are six fully equipped dance studios at The BRIT School. All have hi-fi facilities, TV and video players and mirrors. Some of these studios can also be used as small performance venues. All studios have DVD/projection and interactive laptop setup.
Large-scale dance performances take place in The BRIT School’s Obie Theatre and outside performance venues in the local area and Central London. Performances are a fully integrated part of the dance department’s work. Students will take part in performing themselves and they are expected to visit the theatre regularly to see the work of professional dance companies. In addition to the numerous performances students are involved in, there is ample opportunity to perform at outside venues and take part in workshops by professional visiting dance artists.
The department and school links with many performing arts agencies also provide further professional opportunities.
Alongside all the work within the curriculum, the dance department offers an additional programme of dance classes at the end of the school day. On weekday evenings and on Friday afternoons students may take free additional lessons in ballet, modern theatre dance, jazz and tap. A full range of ISTD qualifications is offered within this programme and students from all strands may join these classes.
Teaching within the local community is something many dance students get involved in throughout their time at the School. Many schools and youth groups are often looking for dancers to take dance clubs, and those who do this find it an invaluable and enjoyable experience. Others join youth dance companies gaining further choreographic and performing experience. Many students successfully apply for the Centre for Advanced training (CAT) programmes at LABAN and The Place and The Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET) Aspire programme.
How to Apply
Questions to be answered in section 7 of the application form:
a) What and who have inspired you to want to further your study in dance?
b) Describe your dance training and experience to date.
c) How will The BRIT School dance course help you in your future career?
d) Describe the skills needed by a dancer to succeed in their career.