“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
- Martha Graham
This quote from the famous Martha Graham is a direct representation as to why we inspire our students to dance. Our students here at Whitefield School choose dance at KS4 because of its unique qualities in comparison to other subjects. It encourages individuality and embraces all abilities and styles of dance no matter what.
Dance may be a discrete subject but is bold and heard widely across our school. Our students are affiliated with many other departmental events such as the Sport Leadership Festival that our PE department organises, the winter and summer concert organised by our music department as well as the annual school show which is a whole school contribution. Our dance students have also been associated with our very successful OAP Christmas party and many open evenings and transition days to show our primary schools what Whitefield has to offer.
Alongside all of the above our students also have secured success on their own events such as the Barnet Dance Festival. Guests, teachers and other students spoke so highly of the KS4 performance that Whitefield school was cordially invited to open the Barnet Sports Awards Evening which was a great honour .
2015 saw our first annual ‘Dance Inspired’ show where 40 of our dance students collaborated to produce one of the most fantastic dance shows Whitefield has ever seen. Our students here really know how to make their teachers proud and produce a cohesive bond with one another despite their different backgrounds. It is truly magical.
Our KS3 curriculum is an up and coming program where we are concentrating on increasing self-esteem and confidence within dance. It explores many different pathways and styles within the dance world and is truly an exciting lesson to have. There is something for everyone.
Our KS4 curriculum offers our students two pathways:
Both courses are very practical with the requirements of theory differing to each other. GCSE Dance explores the technicality of dance and other existing professional works whereas the Dance Leadership course actually explores ones self-ability to become a better leader in dance and how to deliver their own sessions.