GCSE Dance – Introduction to Performance Skills and Technique



Jumpstart your GCSE Dance journey with this essential introductory unit, designed specifically for Year 9/10 students. Master the physical, technical, mental, & expressive skills needed for success through engaging lesson plans, interactive presentations, video tutorials, and assessments. Students will learn to define each skill, understand how to improve them, and explain their importance in dance performance in a fun practical merged into theory scheme. Prioritise safe dance practice while building a strong foundation for GCSE performance.

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  • Editable materials for Google and Microsoft.
  • Deliver excellent, captivating dance lessons.
  • Aligned with national curriculum and OFSTED standards.
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Resource details

What’s included in this resource

Kickstart your GCSE Dance journey with confidence!

This comprehensive unit is designed specifically for Year 9/10 students embarking on the AQA GCSE Dance course. It provides a strong foundation in performance skills, ensuring students understand and master the physical, technical, mental, and expressive aspects of dance.

What’s Included:

  • Engaging Lesson Plans & Presentations: Detailed, step-by-step guidance for teachers, incorporating interactive presentations that bring theory to life.
  • Practical Student Journal: Fun, theory-based activities and space for self-reflection to deepen students’ understanding of performance skills.
  • Video Resources & Music Playlist: Six videos with detailed movement breakdowns, accompanied by a motivating music playlist to inspire creativity and practice.
  • Homework Booklet & Answers: Reinforce learning with exercises focused on safe dance practice, warm-up routines, and cool-down techniques.
  • End-of-Unit Test & Answers: Assess student knowledge with a thorough written test, complete with answers for easy grading and feedback.
  • Year-Long Assessment Booklet: Track student progress and growth throughout the GCSE course with student-friendly assessments and helpful tips for improvement.

Why Choose This Unit:

  • Build a Strong Foundation: Equip students with the essential performance skills for GCSE Dance success.
  • Prioritize Safety: Learn safe studio practices and injury prevention techniques.
  • Enhance Artistry: Develop physical ability, technical skill, and expressive power through engaging activities and resources.
  • Flexible & Adaptable: Easily tailored to diverse learners and classroom settings, ensuring all students thrive.
  • Comprehensive & Engaging: Covers all aspects of performance skills in a fun, interactive way, keeping students motivated and eager to learn.

Give your students the head start they need to excel in GCSE Dance! Order your AQA GCSE Dance: Performance Skills Starter Unit today and empower them to unleash their full potential.

Download formats

Our files come in 2 different sets of formats.

You will receive a zip file for Microsoft Office files (MS Word and MS Powerpoint). Please note that the Google Form quizzes are incompatible with Microsoft related products.

You will also receive a link to a shared google drive folder which will allow you to copy files to your own google drive folder allowing you to assign these using the Google Classroom. Full instructions on these are included within the download links.

Licensing Types

Please read the information below to find out which license you will require before downloading.
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Single User License

Suitable For One Teacher / Parent / Child
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Department License

Suitable for a team of teachers in one school.
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MAT / LEA License

Share with all schools in your LEA or MAT.

Additional information

License Type

Department License, MAT / LEA License, Single User License


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