The dance department at Putteridge High School is a busy and vibrant part of the school. We offer Key Stage 3 dance as well as GCSE dance. Dance students have the opportunity to perform in a number of successful and popular shows throughout their time at school. Each year the dancers at Putteridge perform in two shows. The Gym and Dance Display and the Performing Arts charity fund raiser. Both shows are heavily attended by the school community, local community and parents of the dancers. As well as these two performances, dance students at Putteridge also compete in the Dance Make Your Move national competition.
At Putteridge High School we offer an extensive range of extracurricular dance opportunities. We host two evenings of dance and gymnastics a week as well clubs during school time. These clubs are to ensure our dancers are getting the coaching and rehearsal time they need to progress in the world of Performing Arts. At Putteridge we have two mirrored dance studios as well as a gymnasium where our dancers can use our wide range of equipment to improve their balance, core strength, technique and confidence.
As a school we have a close working relationship with Luton 6th Forms Performing Arts department, and the dance department at the University of Bedfordshire. We often host workshops in dance lead by lecturers at these higher education establishments. This gives our pupils an insight into what life is like at college and university as a performing arts student.
Key Stage 3
The pupils will gain knowledge, understanding and learn basic technique in a wide range of styles of dance. These styles of dance range from contemporary, ballet, bhangra, capoeira, street and break dance. The pupils learn how to choreograph their own routines and gain an understanding of what performing to an audience feels like. Along the way they will experience and develop skills in team work, verbal and nonverbal communication, self-expression and respect for others. Key Stage 3 Dance is a really fun and energetic course that the pupils at Putteridge appreciate and enjoy.
GCSE Dance helps students develop technical and expressive skills as well as knowledge and understanding of dance through performance, choreography and critical appreciation of dance. During the course the pupils experience technical training in contemporary dance and learn how to pick up choreography and adapt it with their own style and flare. This course provides a solid foundation for a career in dance or performing arts and/or further studies in dance or performing arts, including A-Level Dance. As part of the GCSE dance course the pupils will attend a trip to see a professional dance piece as well as attend a trip to a performing arts university or a professional dance school in London. The GCSE dance pupils are expected to perform in at least one dance piece in one of the schools dance shows. The GCSE dance pupils will study and choreograph around a number of professional dance works such as Christopher Bruce Swansong, Bird Song Siobhan Davies and Nutcracker Matthew Bourne.