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Hertfordshire enjoys a full and active programme of Dance within its schools from Early Years through to Post 16. As an authority we strongly value Dance in terms of the physical, aesthetic and social attributes it brings to the wider curriculum and support schools, teachers and pupils in their desire to create, perform and analyse dance.
Eager to raise the standards of the teaching and learning of dance in the curriculum Hertfordshire offers a high quality INSET programme, school based consultancy and increased performance opportunities. For example delivery of the Key Stage 1 and 2 Youth Sport Trust Top Dance Initiative is far reaching, improving curriculum awareness and creating a thirst for development. At another level support group meetings guide and encourage the expansion of dance at Key Stage 4 and Post 16.
Hertfordshire is now fortunate to boast a strong partnership with DanceDigital who have been contracted to help deliver specific dance projects across Hertfordshire. There is also a well-established Hertfordshire County Dance Teachers' Association. This is an association run by a committee of teachers and co-ordinated by the Adviser for PE & Sport. It provides a valued centre of expertise and organises, amongst other initiatives, a spectacular bienniall Dance Showcase enabling many pupils from all phases to perform in a professional theatre.
The Hertfordshire Integrated Arts Strategy, alongside the launch of the Arts Council Artsmark Award and the considerable interest in specialist Arts and Sports College Status, has served to promote dance still further.
Dance activity, commitment and enthusiasm within Hertfordshire is Inspirational …….. the potential is enormous!
The Dancing Nation
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Resourcing the Dance Department
Hertfordshire Certificate for Dance - Positive Contribution