The study of Dance as an art form contributes to students' aesthetic and social development.
Key Stage 4 Options Information
|Exam board: AQA||
What is it like to study GCSE Dance?
|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:
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 allows 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.
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.