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KS4 - Dance

At Key Stage 4 students will learn analytical skills through observation and feedback as they develop their performance quality and leadership in choreography. Performance showcases happen throughout this time allowing knowledge and understanding to grow and improve.

GCSE Dance is a popular option for students. We nurture the choreographic and performance talent of these Dancers providing them with the skills to further their training in this if it is something they desire.

GCSE DANCE                                                                                               

Examination Board: AQA    Course Number:  8236

Dance is a powerful and expressive subject, which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity, whatever their previous experience in the subject.                               

What is the course about?
The students will study the skills of composition, performance and appreciation through a range of dance styles.  Technical and expressive skills will be a key focus and students will study a range of professional works, with six studied on the new anthology including established and emerging choreography. The new GCSE teaching specification has a practical emphasis of 60%, enabling candidates to actively and physically demonstrate their knowledge of dance practice.

 What skills and ideas will I learn?
Development of skills in performance within dance, development of composition skills within dance, development of an imaginative, sensitive and creative approach towards dance practice, development of independent learning as well as an understanding of collaborative work. 

How is the course assessed?
Coursework Assessment:  60%
Examination: 40%
Component 1: Performance and Choreography 60%

  • Performance of Set Phrases
  • Duet/trio Performance
  • Group Choreography

Component 2: Dance Appreciation 40%                                           

  • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
  • Critical appreciation of own work
  • Critical appreciation of professional works

What will the course allow me to progress to in the future?

The GCSE provides an ideal basis for A-Level Dance and Performing Arts or Theatre Studies. Students can pursue the subject at a higher level in the fields of performance, choreography, journalism and stage management, which could lead to careers in professional dance, dance administration, dance teaching, dance theory and dance research and development.

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