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If you can talk, you can sing. If you can walk, you can dance ~ African Proverb


Laura Hitchens has been teaching Dance at Bodmin College since 2009 after graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Dance – specialising in Contemporary, from De Montfort University. She then completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Exeter University before joining the College.


Arts Award: Why not form your own dance group and complete your bronze arts award? This way you can create your own choreography and perform at dance shows.

Tempo: is specifically a KS3 Dance club that anyone can enjoy. There are lots of opportunities to perform, learn different dances and improve basic dance skills.

B.O.I.: This is a new and exciting “Boys Only Invited” breakdance club. The club is run by an outside male practitioner who has the depth of knowledge appropriate to the sties taught. B.O.I. will launch in September 2016 and is open to all years across the College.

The Company: is specifically for Gifted and Talented dancers at the College. The Company mainly comprises of older students from years from 10 – 13. We train every week and work to create new pieces to perform at various locations around the county. There are also lots of opportunities to work with outside practitioners and develop various techniques.

The Apprentice Company: is again specifically for Gifted and Talented dancers at the College. This time it comprises of younger students, mainly in years 7 -9. These dancers have the similar opportunities as The Company and work hard to improve their technique. They will eventually progress into The Company.


Dance at Year’s 7 and 8 is taught under the PE curriculum. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in lots of extra-curricular dance.


If you choose dance as one of your options at the end of year 8, you’ll be completing a Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts: Dance. This is actually a 2-year course so there are optional pathways in year 11. Perhaps you’re an academic and would like to complete GCSE dance as well or perhaps you’d like to focus on a unit for a BTEC Dance Diploma.

During year 9 and 10 you’ll complete 3 units:


Externally assessed using a task set and marked by Edexcel. The assessment is marked out of a total of 40 marks. The preparation for this assessment will be under controlled conditions.

This unit covers what to include in a letter of application and how to prepare audition pieces that demonstrate your relevant skills and knowledge. The exam consists of a letter of application and a demonstration of two pieces of performance, each lasting two minutes.


Internally assessed and moderated. You will be assessed on your contribution to the performance piece through your use of Dance skills and techniques.

You will learn how to develop a performance piece as a member of a performance company. You will produce a performance for a target audience. This can be an existing work, a piece of repertoire or a stimulus for devised work. You will keep a log of research, rehearsal notes, annotated photographs and peer and teacher assessments.


Internal assessment of your ability to master new skills and how you apply them in rehearsal and in the final performance.

This unit is all about developing your versatility as a dancer. As part of this process you will be encouraged to develop both your physical and your interpretative skills to help you become a stronger and more flexible dancer. You will perform exercises, short sequences, and a longer dance sequence. The unit will culminate in a final performance where you will showcase your newly acquired skills. You will review your progress throughout and set yourself targets for improvement


The Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts: Dance was launched here at Bodmin College in 2012, due to it’s diverse and exciting content! The Dance Diploma is the equivalent to one A-Level and with no formal written examinations at the end of the course, its structure and diversity prepare students for Dance at University. You will study the following units as part of the course:

Unit 40: Choreographing Dance

Unit 38: Dance Performance

Unit 54: Dance Appreciation

Unit 7: Performing to an Audience

Unit 45: Developing Contemporary Dance Technique

Unit 104: Special Subject Investigation

More information about KS5 courses can be found on the Bodmin College Sixth Form website.