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About Dance

We aim to provide a broad and balanced dance curriculum that inspires and promotes creativity and confidence. Students enjoy their dance lessons in a safe and comfortable working environment engendered by the teacher and students. The following skills, which are highly transferable to the workplace beyond the world of dance, are developed and refined during every lesson:

Team Work
Leadership Skills
Risk Taking
Social Skills
Problem Solving
Body Awareness

The department strives to create an equal curriculum where boys and girls can achieve success. Differentiation is vital to all lessons as it allows all students to achieve; every child is seen as an individual and is treated as such.

The schemes of work are designed to achieve the department's aim and are changed yearly to allow for the ever-changing dance world to be brought into the classroom.

Dance is compulsory at Key Stage and then an option at GCSE, where the department boasts excellent examination results gaining 87% A*-C in our GCSE results 2015.  

Many of our students have gone onto university to study dance at degree level. Previous students have been accepted into The BRIT School, the University of Chichester and London Studio Centre, which is one of the top dance schools in the country.

In 2013, 9 boys auditioned to star in a television series with the popular dance group 'Diversity'.

Knole Dance Company

Knole Dance Company has delivered a range of activities at the Knole Academy since 2010, supporting the dance department and developing the dance provision at the school.  Knole Dance currently runs the contemporary youth companies for junior, intermediate and senior students, alongside delivering various projects, workshops and classes within the school.

Knole Dance Companies were set up to offer additional dance provision to complement the work within the department.  The partnership programme is targeted at gifted and talented students aged 11-18, providing weekly technique, choreography and performance opportunities alongside the range of academic qualifications delivered by the Knole Academy dance department. 

Knole Senior Dance Company runs on Mondays from 3.45pm to 5.00pm, Knole Intermediate Dance Company runs on Mondays from 3.45pm to 5.00pm and Knole Junior Dance Company runs on Thursdays from 3.45pm to 5.00pm.  There is a contribution fee for participation in these companies of £20 for the entire academic year.

Auditions for academic year 2016-2017

Places in the Knole Dance Companies are by audition only.  Auditions will take place on Monday 12 September from 3.45pm - 4.45pm.  Audition letters will be available to collect from the Admin office at the start of term.

Knole Dance Company Enquiries

To find out more, contact Miss Simmons, Dance Specialist:

Dance Clubs

The dance department is buzzing at lunchtimes and after school.  We believe that students should be allowed to rehearse their class pieces, as well as their own creative ideas, in the spaces that we have.  We offer numerous clubs for all students, regardless of ability.  If you enjoy dance then you can come along and be further inspired.  You will find clubs being taught from the dance staff, outside professionals and the older students teaching some of the KS3 sessions.  We are blessed as a department to have such amazing Sixth Form students who enjoy working with our younger students.Dance Clubs July 25.5.17


Our main dance show takes place in April.  Students who attend extra-curricular dance clubs, or have chosen GCSE Dance, will automatically take part in the dance show.

Live, Breathe, Dance

In 2015 our dance show, entitled 'Live, Breathe, Dance', saw over 100 male and female dancers from Year 7 to 13 wow their audience with highly accomplished dancing. 

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The Gallery

 In 2016, over 120 talented dancers took part in 'The Gallery', a journey through an Art Gallery exploring well known artists such as Degas, Van Gogh and Picasso.

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When available, information regarding our dance performance events, will be advertised on the 'What's On' section of our website

Staff Profile

Trina Simmons

Trina started her dance training at The Legat School, Wadhurst and continued her training at London Studio Centre, where she graduated in 2003 with a BA Hons in Dance. Trina has a vast amount of experience in performance from touring with the London Studio Centre Company throughout the UK, coupled with her technical knowledge from training in a variety of dance styles to an exceptionally high standard.

Trina has been the dance specialist at Knole Academy for several years and has seen her role at the school grow and develop immensely. Trina teaches a range of techniques on the dance timetable and also writes, choreographs and directs performance work independently, alongside other members of dance staff.

Ricia Coleman

Ricia is the Co-Artistic Director at Cascade Dance Company.  Ricia graduated from Middlesex University in 2006 and gained a BA Hons in Dance Studies. Having studied Jazz, musical theatre, ISTD tap and ballet for many years, along with modern & Cecchetti ballet, Ricia has since gained vast experience in both the performing and teaching world. Ricia is a qualified YMCA Aerobic, Ballet fitness and Aerial Hoop; she is also an accredited Sports/Dance Leader and Arts Award Advisor.

Sam Blackden

Sam is the Artistic Director at Cascade Dance Company.  She graduated from Middlesex University in 2006 with a BA Hons in Dance Performance. With experience in a variety of contemporary techniques such as Cunningham, Release and Lyrical, Samantha fuses together styles with an aim to inspire her students and audiences. Alongside Cascade, Samantha works as a part time youth worker in the Maidstone area holding a youth worker qualification and first aid training. She is also an accredited Sports/Dance Leader and Arts Award Advisor. Samantha is also co-founder of Dance Resources.


  • Year 7            -  Dance is taught once a week, in 60 minute sessions.
  • Year 8            -  Dance is taught once every fortnight, in 60 minute sessions.
  • Years 9 to 11 -  Dance is taught twice a week, in 60 minute sessions.


All students are given the opportunity to attend at least one trip a year, with the 6th form attending at least two.

Most trips are in London, as this is where the majority of quality contemporary dance work is shown.

Useful Links

Dance Organisations
Council for Dance Education and Training - the quality assurance agency of the professional dance and musical theatre industries
Dance 4 - National Dance Agency (NDA), an internationally recognised experimental dance organisiation in Nottingham and partner organisation for Youth Dance England in the East Midlands Region.
Dance Base - Scotland's National Centre for Dance.
Dance City - The National Dance Agency for the north east of England, based in Newcastle upon Tyne and partner organisation for Youth Dance England in the north east region.
A simple guide to the work of some of the UK based dance organisations that operate across either England, the UK or internationally.
Dance East - NDA in Ipswich, Suffolk.
Directory of dance schools throughout the UK.


We invite you to take a look through the Knole Academy prospectus to discover the wealth of opportunities available.


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