Dance

Faculty: Creative Arts

Dance is a broad subject which is regarded as an academic A level by Universities. It is now 50% practical and 50 % theoretical.  We teach the AQA specification, this includes a variety of diverse Dance Styles within a Social and Historical Context. There are 3 examined units at the end of year 13 including an independent choreography unit. Brief details shown below:

  • Anatomy
  • Bones/muscles joints
  • Chopreography
  • Rambert
  • Sutra
  • Zero Degrees
  • Social & Historical Context
  • Modern Contemporary Dance Scene 2000- Current

Units

Exam

% Grade

Component 1 Performance in a trio/ quartet 

Practical examination

10%

Performance within the context of a quartet linked to a style/genre ( can be any style of Dance)

Demonstration of physical Skills

Demonstration of technical skills

Interpretative/performance skills - timing, musicality, focus, projection, emphasis and expression

 

Solo performance in relation to a specified practitioner.Students must develop and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills required to perform as a Soloist in the style of a specified practitioner.

 

Practical examination

 

10%

Choreography

Students must learn how to create an original piece of group choreography, lasting three minutes - four minutes using an externally set task. To translate their dance ideas into choreography, students must develop and apply practical knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes, including:

• researching, developing and experimenting with dance ideas through studio and non-studio investigation

•the rehearsal process

 

 

Practical examination

20%

Component 2  Section A

The relationship between the development of the genre and its context. The position of the genre within history, culture and society.

The genre’s capacity to reflect and challenge society.

terminology specific to the genre.

This section is broken down into 2 sections

50%

Component 2   Section B The relationship between the development of the genre and its context. The position of the genre within history, culture and society.

The genre’s capacity to reflect and challenge society terminology specific to the genre. Comparing and contrasting different works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course requirements:

Students must achieve a grade 5 at GCSE English and Studied Dance.

The independent learner who is curious about the world and who has appreciation of cultures within society would excel in this course as there is a wealth of real life scenarios which are often reflected in current affairs within choreographic work.

Course Outline and skills to be successful in this course:

A-level Dance is a dynamic qualification which encourages students to develop their creative and intellectual capacity, alongside transferable skills such as team working, communication and problem solving. All of these are sought after skills by higher education and employers and will help them stand out in the workplace whatever their choice of career.

Goes well with: English, Physical Education, Sociology, Media/ Film

Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject: teaching (4 year degree/PGCE year), physiotherapist, choreographer, advertising, dance therapist, Writer/ Journalist- Entertainment industry, marketing, youth worker, dance science, personal trainer, company dance development administrator, media and advertising

Contact: Miss Choolun (Head of Dance ) choolunr@hendonschool.co.uk 

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