Dance

Year 9 Performing Arts
 
GCSE Dance
 
GCSE Dance
 
GCSE Dance

The Dance Department aims to develop dance within an educational framework both within and outside of the curriculum.  Students can opt into a variety of experiences that range from studying dance through to A-level or simply taking part in an open dance activity.

 

YEAR 9

PERFORMING ARTS

The Performing Arts course is an exciting and practical course that explores Drama and Dance both as individual subjects and together.  Each form has a double lesson weekly, which is led by a specialist teacher and sometimes team-taught.  The course aims to develop creativity, stimulate the imagination and encourage performance and interest in the performing arts.

The course centres on group work and the overall philosophy is that the performing arts are fun and that they develop enthusiasm, give opportunity for inspiration and lead to heightened creativity. The course covers basic skills in all three areas and goes on to explore themes and issues as well as the notion of story telling.

The four strands of the syllabus are:

GCSE (AQA)

The GCSE course aims to promote knowledge, skill and understanding of dance through performance, composition and appreciation. Although experience in one or more dance styles is an advantage it is not essential. Over the two years students will develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of dance styles through the interrelated processes of performing, creating and appreciating dances of each candidate’s own work and those of others, including peers and professionals.

During Year 10 students study contemporary dance techniques alongside units of Jazz and Urban Dance styles. They develop their compositional skills and study two professional dance works. They also have the opportunity to perform in at least one major dance show.

In Year 11 students continue to develop skills from Year 10. They perform in two further dance showcases and complete the units listed below:

Unit 1:     A written paper on the Critical Appreciation of Dance 20%

Unit 2:     A solo performance in a Set Dance 20%

Unit 3:     A performance within a duo/group dance 20%

Unit 4 :    Choreography Task 1: a Solo Composition 15%
               Choreography Task 2: a solo/duo/group 25%

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