The study of Dance as an art form contributes to students' aesthetic and social development.
Key Stage 4 Options Information
|Exam board: AQA|
|Qualification: GCSE in Dance|
|Specification: AQA GCSE Dance|
Practical Exam (60%)
Performance: You will perform a short solo using a series of phrases taught to you by your teacher. These will be assessed by video. You will be marked on your technical competence and the accuracy of reproduction of the action, dynamics and space. Next you will perform an exciting and creative duo/trio which can be in any style, with the final performance lasting between 3.5 minutes and 5 minutes. This will be devised by your teacher and is your chance to really shine.
Choreography: You will choreograph a dance using 2-5 dancers lasting three minutes in duration. You will be given a variety of tasks of unique and interesting stimuli to explore and investigate set by the exam board.
Written Exam (40%) - Dance appreciation:
You will sit a 1hour 30minute written exam made up of 3 sections:
1. Section A: Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills.
2. Section B: Critical appreciation of your own work.
3. Section C: Critical appreciation of professional works.
You will learn your theoretical knowledge largely through practical and creative tasks.
Who is the course for?
The course is designed for students wanting to further develop both practical and theoretical dance skills in a variety of contexts, and also for those wanting a creative pathway. Dance students will be expected to study choreography, practical performance and to engage in critical thinking about dance. Genres included on the course are Contemporary dance, Ballet, Street dance, African and Modern dance. Students will be expected to perform as a solo performer and within groups on a regular basis.
Students who want to study dance should be:
What will I do on the course?
The Dance GCSE is made up of practical and written elements. Practical work allows the students to engage in a wide variety of genres from contemporary to urban dance whilst improving their technical ability. Lessons are high energy and allow for students to be creative and collaborative.
This is a highly practical course where you will learn through creating, composing and performing dance. The written element is embedded through practical exploration.
Key Stage 3
Pupils follow a unit in which they choreograph and perform a dance based on the idea of ‘cogs’. The unit focuses on coordination of isolated body parts, such as arms and legs, when on the spot and travelling. Interlocking with a partner and using contact work. Choreographically, pupils concentrate on spatial features, such as dimensional movement and contrasting pathways. Furthermore, the use of cause and effect helps students build work from solo to duet and into small group work. By the end of this unit students are able to perform dance movement showing precision, control and fluency. They are also able to create extended phrases of linked actions.
Pupils follow a unit in which they choreograph and perform a dance using street dance, breakdancing and parkour as a stimulus. This unit focuses on the basic techniques of street dancing and travelling using parkour-style movements, and the challenges of performing some basic breakdancing moves. Choreographically students explore the three different dance styles and create movement incorporating the styles key characteristics. As they work students analyse basic action, spatial, dynamic and relationship components of the three dance styles. By the end of the unit they are able to consistently demonstrate increased knowledge and understanding of the composition process and demonstrate a good use of focus, projection and musicality.
Pupils follow a unit that explores the different skills needed to create choreography. Pupils will learn how to explore and synthesise ideas, thoughts and meaning through movement. Select and use actions, dynamics, space and relationships to convey artistic intention to create and structure dances. This unit helps to prepare pupils that may like to take GCSE Dance at KS4.
There are lots of opportunities for students to take part in the extra-curricular dance activities on offer. These include:
- Rock Challenge
- Primary Dance festival
- workshops with professional artists
- going to watch performances.