George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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The Dance department offers a great range of after school clubs for all students to attend every night of the week. We run both established youth dance companies called Chicane and Charge for students that show a real aptitude and commitment for the subject.

As a department we organise events inside and outside the academy to go and watch professional works, to work with professional artists and take part in established youth dance platforms. This gives the students a great insight into how professionals within the industry work.

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The Dance department offers a great range of after school clubs for all students to attend every night of the week. There are two established youth dance companies that have toured around the local area. Chicane and Charge dance company are an audition only based youth company with students training two hours a week to create exciting and demanding dance works annually.

Special Projects

students dancingOur students have been part of some amazing projects, such as:

  • Chicane Dance Company performed their own work at Dynamic Youth hosted by Flexus Dance Collective at The Arena Theatre - March 2019.
  • Performing curtain raiser performance for Flexus Dance Collective at The Arena Theatre - March 2019
  • Creating and performing a curtain raiser performance with Abbot Dance Theatre Performance Company at Forest Arts Centre - March 2019.
  • Winning the U.Dance regional platform at the Birmingham Dance XChange - February 2018.
  • Representing the West Midlands in the prestigious U.Dance national dance festival in Ipswich - July 2018
  • Performing as part of a curtain raiser for Flexus Dance Collective at Forest Arts Centre - July 2018
  • Chicane Dance Company performing at The Arena Theatre as part of the Propel Platform - March 2018
  • Performing at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre with the Zoo Nation Dance Company – February 2016
  • Taking part in a workshop with Frantic Assembly Physical Theatre – September 2015
  • Chosen to perform in the Giant Dance project in 2014 and 2015 as part of the Sandwell Arts Festival.
  • A boys dance project with Flexus Dance Company – February 2015
  • Performing at West Bromwich Library for their World Book Night celebrations – April 2013
  • Chosen to represent Sandwell at the Black Country Dance Hub Launch at Wolverhampton Art Gallery - May 2013
  • Performing at the National Indoor Gymnastics Championships at the NIA in Birmingham
  • Being part of the torch relay performances at the MAC (Midland Art Centre) and Victoria Square in preparation of London 2012 Olympic Games
  • Producing a Boys Dance Film, called FORT for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad

Excellence in Performing Art (EPA) Scholarship

Students dancingGeorge Salter Academy can provide 20 places per year for students who have an aptitude for Music, Dance or Drama.

For more information about the EPA programme, please see our Admissions page



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Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

The Dance department provide an exciting and practical curriculum that develops creativity, performance and appreciation skills. The dance curriculum aims to develop students understanding and skill in a range of different dance styles such as Contemporary, Street, African, Jazz and Social Dances. Students are given opportunities to explore a range of professional works and analyse the performance environment and choreographic choices. Students are then given opportunities to become choreographers themselves. Students experience the choreographic process and learn how to develop their own choreographic skill to create their own group and individual pieces.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

GCSE Dance

Students study the craft of performance and explore choreography through solo and group work. There are also written elements to the course that involve studying a variety of professional dance pieces, their development as a dancer and looking at different techniques of production.

  • 60% of the course is practical
  • 40% of the course is theory with a written exam in year 11.

BTEC Dance

Students have the opportunity to study BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award, where 3 units of work are completed. Students develop skills in different dance styles, explore and learn professional dance pieces in contrasting styles.

Exam results 2016 2017 2018 2019
GCSE Dance 100% A*-C n/a n/a n/a
BTEC Level 2 100% Distinction* - Pass 100% A-C 45.5%- D*
100% D*-P
46% D*-D
100% D*-P
Table of dance exams Key Stage 4 results


Key Stage 5 / Post 16

dance studentsAt KS5, the Dance Department offers several courses.

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