The dance department is part of the school’s Creative Arts Faculty and is currently delivered as a GCSE subject. Neatherd has one subject specialist who delivers all dance lessons and is enthusiastic, supportive and highly motivated to help ensure all students enjoy dance. Students have consistently performed exceptionally well at GCSE and a new A-Level course begins in September at Dereham Sixth Form.
Dance at Neatherd builds on students’ own abilities to enable them to perform and choreograph to the best of their ability. Teaching and learning seeks to stimulate an interest in and a sense of passion for all styles of dance, from street to contemporary and modern to ballet.
GCSE Dance at Key Stage 4 is an enjoyable if at times demanding option. It is both practical and creative, and involves a lot of group work. Through hard-work and determination, the department strives to inspire students to become confident dancers and performers.
Students of all ages and gender are encouraged to take part in dance clubs that cover many different styles of dance. They are also invited to audition for Ignite or Sparks; Neatherd’s two outstanding dance groups. There are many performance opportunities throughout the year including our annual dance show and competition visits for the two dance groups.
Educational visits are an integral element of the department’s success. Fun, engaging and varied trips are embedded throughout Key Stages 3 and 4. These range from shorter trips to Norwich to see dance performances and even as far as Disneyland Paris for those who are lucky enough to gain a place in Ignite.