Dance A Level
What will I learn?
Unit 1: Performance and choreography
Performance – You will perform a solo and as part of a quartet. The solo is performed in the style of a professional practitioner you will be studying, and should last 2–3 minutes. You will also perform as part of a quartet, this will be in the dance style you will be studying. Both the solo and quartet are creative responses to your Unit 2 Critical Engagement study. Your quartet should last 3-4 minutes. There are opportunities for students who are particularly interested in the creative process to part-choreograph their solo and quartet.
Choreography – You will develop skills to enable you to create an original piece of group choreography in which you do not perform. This group work should last 3-4 minutes. Your choreography will be in response to an externally-set task issued by the exam board. In addition you will need to submit a choreographic log and a set of programme notes.
Unit 2: Critical Engagement
Set works – In this unit you will explore the relationship between the creation, presentation and viewing/appreciation of two professional dance works. Areas of study – You will be exploring in-depth two specific time periods in dance history and specific dance styles. This will include looking at professional dancers and choreographers, their specific stylistic features, technique, influences, professional repertoire and how the dance ideas are communicated. Your compulsory area of study is The Rambert Dance Company 1966-2002, you will also study a second different area of study.
GCSE Dance at Grade C or above or Grade 4 in contemporary, modern, ballet or jazz dance. GCSE English at grade 5 or above is preferred / via audition.
GCSE (old) Points Average: 4.0 or above, including 5 C grades.
How will I be assessed?
Practical exam. Marks available: 80, A Level weighting: 50%
Internally-assessed practical exam. Marks available: 100, A Level Weighting: 50%
Additional Learning Opportunities
You will have the opportunity to go on evening theatre visits to see live dance performances and take part in dance, yoga and fitness training activities to develop your physical performance and extend your dance skills.
Who is this course aimed at?
Dance is attractive to students who:
- have a genuine interest in all aspects of dance
- enjoy seeing live dance theatre and discussing it
- enjoy performing and choreographing
You could gain a place on a Higher Education dance course, such as a HND or a degree or use the qualification to support you in further study in a wide range of subjects. You will also be attractive to employers in people-related industries.
- A Level