National 5 Dance
The Course has an integrated approach to learning, with a mix of practical learning and knowledge and understanding. As learners develop their technical and choreographic skills, they will also learn how to analyse the work of dance practitioners and will use this knowledge and understanding to inform and influence their creative thinking and performance. They will apply technical skills in the performance of different dance styles. They will also experiment with a range of choreographic skills and learn how to apply them imaginatively in dance.
Furthermore, learners will develop an understanding of health, physical wellbeing and fitness, and apply this knowledge in safe dance practice. Reflective skills will also be developed as learners evaluate their own progress and performance and that of others. Learners will also learn how to appreciate the impact of a range of theatre arts and influences on choreography and performance.
The Course consists of two mandatory Units.
Dance: Technical Skills (National 5)
In this Unit, learners will be required to provide evidence to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a selected dance style, and application of a range of technical skills. Evidence of safe dance practice and evaluation skills will also be required.
Dance: Choreography (National 5)
In this Unit, learners will be required to provide evidence to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of choreographic devices and structures, and apply these when planning and creating a choreography for two dancers. Learners will evaluate their own work and that of others, and explore the impact of theatre arts.
On 27 September, our S3 dancers were invited up to Penicuik High School for a day of Dance in preparation for the Dance Leadership course. The girls worked together and with Penicuik High School pupils to create a show stopping performance by the end of the day.
Dance Leadership Course
Nell Mowbray, Thea Thomson, Caitlin Meir and Erin Shanks completed their Dance Leadership Qualification during the October holidays at Lasswade High School.
On 24 November, dance students will be given the opportunity to work with Rambert Dance Company. They will then be offered to go and watch their show, Ghost Dances, an award winning, interesting piece.
Last Year's Dance show was on 28 April and was a sell out again following the success of the show in 2015.
With the Beeslack Community High School Dance Show going from strength to strength. This years show rehearsals are already in full swing. Erin Shanks in S4, has started an S1 Dance Club on a Tuesday lunchtime which has had a fantastic turn out and senior dancers are invited along after school on a Thursday.