Chestnut Grove Academy
45 Chestnut Grove
Balham, London SW12 8JZ

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Students at Chestnut Grove have the opportunity to study Dance throughout the school.  It provides an opportunity for students to develop their creativity and confidence as well as physical fitness.  There are many life skills students develop through dance such as teamwork, problem solving, creative thinking and communication skills which will be of benefit to them in whatever career they choose. 


At KS3 dance and drama are taught on a carousel so students have an hour of Dance a week for three half terms each year. The three skills of performance, choreography and appreciation are taught in every unit of work. In their first half term of the year 7 students take part in the inter-house Performing Arts competition where each tutor group performs a song and dance.  In year 8 students explore dances from around the world; African, Bollywood and break dance. In year 9 students study a professional dance work, dance in musicals and street dance. 


At KS4 students who choose GCSE Dance have continue to develop the skills of performance, choreography and appreciation.  Students build  their performance skills through dance technique classes and taking part in performances such as the annual school dance show.  Students learn how to choreograph dances creating their own dance pieces.  In appreciation students study two professionals work in depth analysing the various components such as the movement itself, the costume, set, accompaniment etc.


Students have the opportunity to take a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts.


There are a huge number of extra-curricular opportunities in Dance.  There is a year 7 and 8 dance club, upper school dance club and street dance club that run each week.  We put on an annual dance show, this year we created our own version of Romeo and Juliet.  This year the dance clubs have also performed at a local primary school, in Wandsworth Dance Competition where we came second place and as part of Wandsworth Arts Festival Fringe.  There are also regular theatre trips which this year have included The Scottsborough Boys, Memphis and the Richard Alston Dance Company.

Staff teaching

Ms C Atkinson, Head of Dance

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