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MPs defend dance teaching in schools

Schools Minister Nick Gibb has denied that the government is treating dance as a "soft option" in schools.

He spoke during a Westminster Hall debate on 11 October 2011 on the role of dance in the education system.

Opening the debate, Labour MP for Aberdeen North Frank Doran said that dance had been downgraded under the English Baccalaureate system.

He accused the government of having "misguided, old-fashioned attitudes towards dance".

Mr Doran is Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dance, that seeks to promote the use of dance in education.

However the minister replied that schools were free to offer dance in addition to the core academic subjects that made up the reformed curriculum.

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