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Developing Outstanding Choreography in GCSE Dance

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This new choreography course is designed to be invigorating, informative and valuable. It is aimed for all teachers of GCSE Dance who are looking to enhance and extend further their choreography pedagogical skills and knowledge to establish the maximum opportunities for their students. The course will also give focus to choreography assessment, examine recent feedback on GCSE choreographic compositions, assessment criteria and consider how best to enthuse and motivate students to develop a love for choreography. The course will include practical sessions as well as non-practical sessions, and will be held in a Dance Studio in Central London. Teachers are advised to wear clothes they feel comfortable to move in.


  • Develop your teaching to raise standards in choreography
  • Learn a range of effective strategies to generate and develop choreographic ideas
  • Take away differentiated choreographic techniques and methods which work across the full student choreography range range
  • Deepen your understanding of assessment criteria to inform your teaching


Outstanding Learning & Teaching in Choreography

10.00 – 11.00am
  • Creating an inspirational setting for creative choreography
  • Planning a sequenced choreography programme that challenges all students
  • Ensuring your assessment of pupils’ choreography is highly effective and pupils understand, how to make rapid progress
  • Practical ways to ensure your students understand how to achieve excellent standards in their choreography compositions

  • Discussion: coffee break

    11.00– 11.15am

Getting Started: generating differentiated ideas, activities, creating motifs

11.15 – 12.00pm
  • Generating visibly differentiated ideas, activities, resources, materials which work across the ability range, from non–dancers to highly able pupils
  • Different ways to create motifs, from the initial start to building on from them
  • Building in creative, imaginative, musical understanding in student learning
  • Using high quality external stimuli for inspiration l Examples drawn from a broad range of dance styles

Moving On: Developing advanced choreography skills to achieve high standards of excellence: Practical Session

12.00 – 12.45pm
  • Practical approaches and methods that achieves exceptional standards across the abilities for students of all abilities
  • Ways to extend pupils’ choreographic skills, knowledge and understanding
  • Ways to develop the breadth and depth of pupils’ choreographic thinking, dance curiosity
  • Methods to develop creative and effective dynamic content in students

Lunch and informal discussion

12.45 – 1.30pm

Responding to a Choreography Brief

1.30 – 2.15pm
  • Exploring how to achieve real choreographic development
  • Considering different compositions imaginatively
  • How to teach for genuine stylistic growth
  • How to write idiomatically
  • Using existing practitioner works to arrange and stimulate ideas
  • Relating the brief to its intended audience

Choreography Deep Dive – Example 1 (Non-Practical)

2.15 – 2.50pm
  • Why did this example attain an excellent grade 8 – 9?
  • Examining this composition at various stages, from first sketches through to final submission
  • How does this example show imaginative, with strong shape and direction?
  • How does this composition bring the elements together to create a strong sense of style and coherence

Discussion: afternoon tea

2.50 – 3.00pm

Choreography Deep Dive – Example 2

3.00 – 3.30pm
  • This is an example of a choreography in a contrasting style to Deep Dive 1 above
  • Why did this example attain a grade 8 – 9?
  • How does this example create atmosphere, moods and characters
  • Considering textural variety and tension l How does this composition bring the elements together to create a strong sense of style and coherence

Putting it all together: The Refining Process

3.30 – 3.50pm
  • Refining the process into a polished piece of choreography
  • Making a composition outstanding at GCSE
  • Marking and giving good feedback on compositions
  • How to give effective feedback on candidates’ work
  • Range of examples and chance to mark and discuss work; assessing accurately




London | Thursday 16 November 2023
London | Wednesday 24 January 2024

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London | Thursday 16 November 2023
London | Wednesday 24 January 2024

This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Louise Judd has been teaching and performing within the Arts for over 20 years. A wealth of practical knowledge and experience from teaching LAMDA Drama, ISTD Dance genres and BG gymnastics. Head of Dance in her third state school for the past 13 years teaching and managing a department of GCSE, BTEC and A-level Dance students. On developing the department saw a rise in cohort numbers, a noticeable raise in attainment and students dramatically improved outcomes with 100% pass rate.


  • GCSE Dance Teachers
  • Heads of Dance
  • Head of Performing Arts


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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