Explore your creativity, knowledge and technical skills in our well-equipped performance spaces. Discover how lighting, costume and set design contribute to dance, whilst choreographing and performing a range of dance pieces in front of a range of audiences.

You will research the work of key dance practitioners which will help develop your research, critical analysis and extended writing skills. We also consider spiritual, moral, social, cultural and human values with our work.


> Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners Work
> Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
> Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop
> Unit 22: Movement in Performance


How am I assessed? Through a mixture of internally and externally assessed units. Approximately 60% are externally marked.


  • Dance Competition
    Students from Years 7 to 12 can audition to be part of the dance troupe ‘Storm.’ You will compete against other schools in a variety of different genres as part of the national schools competition.

  • Dance Xplosion
    Audition and take part in our summer dance show! Open to all years, this is an opportunity to showcase your exam work.

  • Trip to London – Move It Dance
    Join us on a trip to Move It, one of the biggest dance exhibitions in Europe. You will take part in dance workshops; meet professionals and celebrities from the industry, watch performance work and look at progression opportunities and universities.

  • Trip to London – West End
    Enjoy a host of activities on our trip to London. In previous years we have taken part in workshops at the Pineapple Dance Studios and visited various theatres to watch famous shows.

  • School Shows
    You are invited to take part in our school shows, which are performed in December. Previous performances have included We Will Rock You, High School Musical and A Night at the West End (a selection of musical classics).

  • Shakespeare Schools Festival
    Students from all year groups rehearse an abridged Shakespeare play and perform it to a paying audience at a professional theatre alongside three other schools (each having chosen a different play). Across the country there are around 1500 schools who take part. After our success with The Tempest, Much Ado about Nothing, Henry V and Titus Andronicus, the play for 2017 will be Othello.

  • Showcase
    This is an opportunity to show off all your hard work throughout the year.

  • Professional Workshops
    In the past we have invited Matthew Bourne (artistic director of dance company New Adventures), West End star Damien Poole (Gypsy, Shrek the Musical) and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance to host workshops with us.

  • Theatre Visit
    We offer you the opportunity to visit a theatre and see a play. Past examples include The Play That Goes Wrong.

Studying subjects together?

  • Diploma: Acting & Dance / Dance & Musical Theatre / Acting & Musical Theatre
    Equivalent to two A Levels, this course will allow you to deepen your Performing Arts knowledge base and skills even further.  Whilst covering the content of our Extended Certificate course, you will gain the specialist knowledge and practical experience of two performing arts disciplines in combination.  You will have the opportunity to explore performance in the community by applying specialist skills and techniques to a community performance project.  You will undertake an individual performance project responding to a special commission and developing an exciting piece of individual performance work in response to your brief.  You will put all your skills together in a final large scale group performance to an invited audience in the Fells Theatre, our largest and most well-equipped performance space.

  • Extended Diploma: Acting, Dance & Musical Theatre
    This course is equivalent to three A Levels and is perfect if you wish to fully commit to a career in the performing arts industry.  You will cover all the content of the Extended Certificate and Diploma course, developing your skills in all three disciplines of performance – acting, dance and musical theatre.  You will develop your skills in all three areas and have many varied opportunities to perform throughout the duration of the course; working on scripts, devising pieces and putting on full scale exciting musical theatre productions in our Fells Theatre in front of an audience.  As a committed performing arts practitioner you will also be equipped with the knowledge of how the performing arts industry works, how organisations function and how to promote yourself to potential employers.  Our Extended Diploma course will also offer you the widest choice of additional units to develop more specialist skills.

Future Paths

  • Alumni

    > Ben Simons
     “When it comes to performing, it’s not just about being an amazing dancer, incredible singer or a serious actor. It’s more about the enjoyment of it, and how all three art forms have the ability to explore and create at the same time, with no rules on how good you have to be. 
    South Craven gave me that opportunity to do that – I learnt a whole new range of skills and discovered so many possibilities with a performing career. The best thing about being a performer is that you have the freedom to do anything; there’s never really a right or wrong way of expressing yourself on stage. I’m very grateful for the South Craven Performance department – I’m now studying at Bird College and loving it!”

    > Boipelo Makhokolo
     “I always had a passion for performance – especially dance. Joining in talent and school shows was when I realised how much I loved being on stage and being surrounded by people who love the same thing I do. South Craven has definitely moulded me by helping me realise my passion – the dance studio became my second home! By the time I got to Sixth Form, I couldn’t see myself doing anything else, so I studied Dance, along with other subjects. 
    I’m now a Dance graduate of the University of East London. Moving to London was the biggest decision I’ve had to make, but I’m so glad I did it. I’ve been exposed to so many different styles like Locking, Breaking, Popping, and Commercial, to name a few. I’m constantly inspired because I’m always around insanely talented people. Right now I’m training with my dream company, Boy Blue Entertainment and recently booked my first professional dance job for a new show on ITV which is coming out soon. I have a lot of other exciting projects lined up as well.

    I’ve had the opportunity to come back to South Craven and teach dance workshops. It’s always nice to work with passionate individuals that are in the same position as I was. I hope to inspire and motivate students to understand that you can make a career out of dance. Whether it’s performing, teaching or choreographing – it’s possible. All you need is the passion and the willingness to work hard for what you want. That’s what will keep you going.”

    > Emily Stirk
    “I’ve always loved performing from a young age and did many shows with the dancing school I attended, but my love and passion for performing arts became clear when I started at South Craven and enjoyed the drama and dance lessons. Because I attended so many dance classes outside of school I didn’t have much time for extra-curricular activities such as the drama club. Rehearsals were always hard to manage but I still insisted that I did the school shows – I loved every one of them.

    I studied Performance Studies and Dance along with English Language in Sixth Form. My confidence grew massively and I enjoyed working with the performance faculty. I gained skills and techniques that helped me improve as a performer. After an intense audition, I was offered a place at Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts, studying BA Hons in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. I’m enjoying the course and the experience with the clear insight into the profession of being a dancer and performer.”

    Future Paths

  • Further Education
    With a qualification in Dance, you could progress to university.
    Potential courses include:
    > Dance 
    > Dance and Drama 
    > Dance Science 
    > Drama and Theatre Studies 
    > Musical Theatre
    > Performing Arts

  • Careers
    Potential careers you can go into with a Dance qualification include:
    > Choreography 
    > Dance 
    > Fitness 
    > Performance Directing 
    > Teaching 
    > Vocational Training