Dance

Dance is a powerful and expressive subject which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity, whatever their previous experience in the subject. You will be learning about the skills and techniques required to perform at a high level whilst also building and developing your own physical and interpretative skills. You will be studying several professional dance works appraising the choreography and communicative skills of the dancers.

 

HOW WILL YOUR WORK BE ASSESSED?

You will be assessed through a theoretical examination and a practical exam. Component: 1 will be examined by your teacher in school and the film will be moderated by AQA. Component: 2 is a written exam that will take place at the end of your course.

 

WHAT SORT OF WORK WILL YOU BE DOING?

Lessons will take an integrated format in which students will participate in practical dance lessons alongside theoretical study. They will be exploring the techniques of established dance practitioners, developing skills in choreography and also learning about safe practice and rehearsal. They will be required to have the correct dance kit and dance in bare feet.

This is a contemporary dance course and trainers or jazz shoes will not be acceptable attire.

 

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS OUTSIDE OF LESSONS?

As part of the dance GCSE course, students are encouraged to rehearse as a group and individually before exam performances.  Students should research subject matters in their own time in order to develop more understanding of dance theatre and should aim to see at least one professional work outside of school.

 

WILL YOU NEED ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT?

Dance Kit – See Miss Abbott for Details.

An A4 Ring Binder, Dividers.

 

WHAT FURTHER QUALIFICATIONS ARE POSSIBLE?

Students can go on to study A’ Level Drama and Theatre Studies or A’ Level Dance

 

 

Component:   1 – Performance and Choreography

Component:   2 – Dance Appreciation

Performance Assessment

What's assessed

Performance

  •   Set phrases through a solo performance
  •   Duet/trio performance

 

Choreography

Solo or group choreography

 

How it's assessed

Internally marked and externally moderated

 

Performance

30% of GCSE

40 marks

 

Choreography

30% of GCSE

40 marks

 

Total   component 60%

 

Written Examination

1 hour 30 minutes

 

What's assessed 

  •   Knowledge and understanding   of choreographic processes and performing skills
  •   Critical appreciation of own work
  •   Critical appreciation of professional works

 

Questions

Based on students' own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology.

 

40% of GCSE