Examination Board: AQA
The course aims to provide an understanding for the student of how performance, dance and choreography are linked in any production.
This course will encourage students to:
- Develop an understanding and appreciation of a range of dance styles;
- Develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to perform, choreograph and appreciate dance including an awareness of its artistic contexts;
- Develop decision-making skills and improve their critical and creative thinking and the ability to co-operate with others.
The course is suited to students who have had dance experience and a keen interest in dance. Teachers provide additional out of school hours rehearsals; attendance at these sessions contributes to achievement in the subject.
Students are expected to wear Dance kit for lessons and rehearsals
Teaching and Learning Styles
As well as a deserved emphasis on the practical development of dance skills (choreography/performance), students will be expected to develop critical and analytical techniques in order to gain a wider understanding of the subject. The study of different forms of dance and dancers from many different styles and cultures will also be an important part of the course.
- Two professional works chosen from a prescribed list of 10
- Dance Analysis and Interpretation
- The Historical and Social Context of Dance
- Constituent features of Dance
- Health and Safety in Dance
- Good Studio Practice
- Craft of Choreography
- Process of Improving Choreography
- Technical and Expressive Skills in Dance
- High Quality Performance Skills
- Unit 1: Critical Appreciation of Dance Written Paper 20% of GCSE
- Unit 2: Set Dance – Solo Performance 20% of GCSE
- Unit 3: Performance in a duo or Group Dance 20% of GCSE
- Unit 4: Task 1 – Solo Composition 15% of GCSE
Task 2 – Solo/duo/group composition 25% of GCSE
Dance is taught in mixed ability groups.
Further information about the course can be obtained from Mrs K Kearns, Head of Dance or Mr C Sarkozi, Dance Teacher.