The aims of the course
This course allow students to fulfil their potential in Dance and provides students with the opportunity to learn and improve their technical, performance, choreography skills and theoretical understanding of Dance through a range of different dance styles.
The course structure
The course is 60% practical and 40% theory. Lessons will take place in the purpose built dance studio. In Year 9 there will be an introduction to developing skills in the four key areas of technique, performance and choreography and theoretical understanding. Year 10 focus on developing skills for examinations throughout Year 11.
How the course is assessed
To pass the course students will have:
- Unit 1 – A 1 hour 30 minute written paper (40%)
- Unit 2 – A performance of set phrases and a duet/trio (30%)
- Unit 3 – Choreographic coursework: students create their own piece of choreographic work based on a set task by the exam board (30%)
Resources and additional information
No dance experience is necessary for this course, although it is an advantage. The majority of GCSE Dance is mainly in the contemporary style, however other styles such as hiphop, Jazz and Ballet are looked at. Students are expected to dress appropriately for practical work. Most students wear their PE top and leggings or jogging bottoms. Some students choose to wear a leotard and leggings/ tights.
Current Year 11 Dance Student: “I enjoy the practical nature of the lessons, I am able to work creatively to develop my skills”
Head of Subject Presentation – Michelle Wainwright