At The Magna Carta School, dance is taught to all year groups in Key Stage 3 and up to GCSE level for those who choose it as an option.  Lessons are taught in a bespoke, specialist dance studio where students have access to ICT resources such as iPads, MP3 players and Wi-Fi to enhance their learning.  Workshops, master classes and live theatre visits are an essential part of the GCSE Dance course and there are numerous opportunities for students from all year groups throughout the year.  With central London and the West End so close by, students benefit from frequent trips to Sadler’s Wells, West End Venues and the nearby Woking Theatre, as well as visits from professional dancers and choreographers. 

There are a number of dance clubs and societies that run after school such as Bollywood Club and Urban Dance classes.  The most eagerly anticipated events for dance students are the termly showcases produced for friends and family and the department also work with other subjects to put on community shows for senior citizens and the renowned, bi-annual whole school production.  All of these productions take place in the school’s onsite working theatre.

Year 9: Students who opt to study Dance in Year 9 will prepare for their BTEC course in Years 10 and 11.  Students study a range of technical & performance skills within various styles e.g. hip hop, jazz and contemporary.  They develop critical appreciation of professional works and learn how to prepare for auditions and jobs within the Performing Arts.  The main aim for Year 9 Dance students is to improve their choreographic skills and be creative and confident.

Year 10 & 11: The Magna Carta School follows the Pearson Level 2 Award in BTEC Dance. Students who continue to study Dance will complete the following units;

Unit 1: Individual Showcase

Unit 2: Preparation, Performance and Production

Unit 4: Dance Skills

Students may choreograph and perform in any style as long as meets all the criteria for assessment.           


Dance is vital, an activity both exhilarating and liberating to watch or do. The instinct to dance is fundamentally joyous and no matter how hard you try you can’t get away from that for long. It can also be a huge force for good, effectively bringing people together and levelling everyone through sheer hard work. It can speed up your heart rate, it can enliven your being, it can change your life. Richard Alston CBE. Artistic director, The Place and Richard Alston Dance Company