Dance

A-Level Dance is an exciting and creative journey into the arts. It will encourage you to broaden your learning by enabling you to experience, perform and create choreography. The course will extend your appreciation of dance whilst developing critical thinking skills in relation to Dance as an art form

Teachers will guide you through a number of dance genres and styles, looking at a diverse range of dance works and choreographers. The course will take you out of the classroom and studio by facilitating theatre trips and dance company workshops.

As a dance student you will be given the tools to create imaginative dances by drawing on the conventions and traditions of the past. You will perform and interpret dance ideas, demonstrating technical and expressive skills, and safe practice, through solo and group work.

You will learn to appreciate the significance of your own and professional works; understand the contextual influences on dance; evaluate and distinguish between fact and opinion, and assess information from a variety of sources.

If you dream of making a living from your passion for dance, it’s really possible: as a dancer yourself, as a choreographer, or maybe as a teacher. This course will provide you with these opportunities… but it also has a vision, and that is to be the first step in a career for you that includes dance.

To be successful and secure high achievement at Advanced Level it is preferable for you to have taken Dance at GCSE level or have previous dance exam experience, i.e. graded assessments in Ballet etc. You should have some practical dance experience, dance outside of school, and have experience in creating choreography.

Component 1: Performance and Choreography

Practical Units of Work:

  • Solo performance linked to a specific practitioner within an area of study.
  • Performance in a Quartet
  • Group Choreography

Assessment

  • Practical exam
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of A-Level

Component 2: Critical Engagement

Theoretical Units of Work:

  • Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of a compulsory set work and its location within a corresponding areas of study.
  • Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of one optional set work and its location with corresponding area of study.

Assessment

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A Level