The Dance department offers a great range of after school clubs for all students to attend every night of the week. We run both established youth dance companies called Chicane and Charge for students that show a real aptitude and commitment for the subject.

As a department we organise events inside and outside the academy to go and watch professional works, to work with professional artists and take part in established youth dance platforms. This gives the students a great insight into how professionals within the industry work.

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Study Support

The Dance department offers a great range of after school clubs for all students to attend every night of the week. There are two established youth dance companies that have toured around the local area. Chicane and Charge dance company are an audition only based youth company with students training two hours a week to create exciting and demanding dance works annually.

Excellence in Performing Art (EPA) Scholarship

George Salter Academy can provide 20 places per year for students who have an aptitude for Music, Dance or Drama.

Special Projects

Our students have been part of some amazing projects, such as:

  •  Chicane Dance Company performed their own work at Dynamic Youth hosted by Flexus Dance Collective at The Arena Theatre - March 2019.
  • Performing curtain raiser performance for Flexus Dance Collective at The Arena Theatre - March 2019
  • Creating and performing a curtain raiser performance with Abbot Dance Theatre Performance Company at Forest Arts Centre - March 2019.
  • Winning the U.Dance regional platform at the Birmingham Dance XChange - February 2018.
  • Representing the West Midlands in the prestigious U.Dance national dance festival in Ipswich - July 2018
  • Performing as part of a curtain raiser for Flexus Dance Collective at Forest Arts Centre - July 2018
  • Chicane Dance Company performing at The Arena Theatre as part of the Propel Platform - March 2018


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"Dance at GSA gives me more opportunities than i’ve ever been given, they give me the chance to perform a national platforms, aswell as doing workshops with professional dancers!" Sian James Year, Year 12 

"My experience of dance at George Salter has been amazing. The dance department staff are incredible and have always encouraged and pushed me to reach my potential." Megan Plant, Year 13 

"I love the opportunities dance at George Slater has given me. I will always remember being able to perform on stage with Charge in front of a crowd." Grace Brindley, Year 13  

TThe Dance department provide an exciting and practical curriculum that develops creativity, performance and appreciation skills. The dance curriculum aims to develop students understanding and skill in a range of different dance styles such as Contemporary, Street, African, Jazz and Social Dances. Students are given opportunities to explore a range of professional works and analyse the performance environment and choreographic choices. Students are then given opportunities to become choreographers themselves. Students experience the choreographic process and learn how to develop their own choreographic skill to create their own group and individual pieces.

GCSE Dance

Students study the craft of performance and explore choreography through solo and group work. There are also written elements to the course that involve studying a variety of professional dance pieces, their development as a dancer and looking at different techniques of production.

  • 60% of the course is practical
  • 40% of the course is theory with a written exam in year 11.

BTEC Tech Award in Dance

Students have the opportunity to study BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award, where 3 units of work are completed. Students develop skills in different dance styles, explore and learn professional dance pieces in contrasting styles.

Exam Results20162017201820192020
GCSE Dance100% A*-Cn/an/an/a100% 9-5 45% 9-7
BTEC Level 2100% Distinction* - Pass45.5%- D*
100% D*-P
46% D*-D
100% D*-P

Table of dance exams Key Stage 4 results.

At KS5, the Dance Department offers several courses. Please view our dedicated Sixth Form section for more information on the courses available.