Meet the Staff
Kate Mooney - Head of Dance
At Lipson, the Dance Department runs under the name of Lipson Dance Academy (LDA). LDA consists of our specialist Dance Tutor group, specialist dance courses, extracurricular activities and performance opportunities outside of school.
Key Stage 4
KS4 Exam Board
If you are interested in studying dance as part of your academic study at Lipson, you will opt to take dance as an option at Year 9. You will study the BTEC Level 2 Award in Dance. This is a practical, vocational course that gives you the skills and knowledge required to further your study at KS5. The course gives you opportunity to improve your knowledge of professional performance work, improve your dance technique and choreographic skill and gives you a number of opportunities for performance.
Key Stage 5
KS5 Exam Board
At KS5 we offer BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Dance. This is a physical, vocational subject which is assessed through practical examinations, practical assessments and supporting written work. If you are interested in continuing your dance training at Dance School, or at University this course gives you the foundation and experience required to be successful at audition for Higher Education.
LDA offers a range of extracurricular opportunities including Advanced Contemporary Technique class, an annual large scale performance, and the LDA dance showcase. Previous projects have been
- Rambert Elements – a national choreography challenge where our dancers worked alongside Mark Baldwin, the Artistic director of Rambert Dance Company, to create a piece of performance. The piece was performed in school and at TR2 in Plymouth.
- Rock Challenge – a national choreography competition where our dancers took part in performing and choreographing a piece performed in theatres in Bournemouth and Portsmouth.
- Our current project is High School Musical which all LDA dancers are performing in.
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