In Years 12 & 13 (AS/ A Level) the course aims to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of contemporary dance coupled with other styles of dance. Through stimulating and challenging workshops students develop deeper skills in technique and performance, choreography, learn about the dancer`s body and how it works, study the work of professional choreographers gaining insight into their methods and techniques, and learn a system for notating dance.

 
 
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A-level Dance provides students with the opportunity to gain experience of performance and choreography and to develop critical thinking about Dance. The course enables students to:
  • develop understanding and knowledge as well as critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance within their own work and in professional repertoire
  • gain experience of choreography and performance through practice
  • gain in-depth knowledge of specific study areas and professional works.

Students will be given the opportunity to acquire experience of performance and choreography and to engage in critical thinking about dance. The content allows candidates to study a subject which can be extended through higher education and promotes a healthy lifestyle through an awareness of the importance of exercise and training.

Year 12:

For the Advanced Subsidiary award the focus is on:
 
•    solo choreography
•    performance of own choreography
•    performance within a duo/trio
•    training, technique, health and safety of the dancer
• analysis of choreography and performance within professional repertoire.
 
 
Additionally students will develop knowledge and understanding of performance and choreography whilst improving their ability to recognise the significance of the outcome of their own work and professional repertoire. The practical element of AS consists of a solo choreography and the development of performance skills within a duo/trio performance context.

Year 13 Outline:

For the A-Level award candidates have the opportunity to develop skills and extend and apply knowledge gained at AS Level. The focus is on:

  • group choreography
  • knowledge and understanding of a specific area of study related to the development of one of the following: modern dance, ballet, jazz dance
  • performance skills related to one of the specific areas of study or to a choreographer of one of the set works
  • training, technique, health and safety of the dancer
  • the analytical study of one set work and its cultural and artistic context

Study at AS level provides a sound foundation for A-Level, where candidates have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of specific study areas and professional works as well as connecting areas of practice with their own developing skills and theoretical understanding. This provides a suitable foundation for study in higher education and for employment.

For the A-Level award candidates can choose from three areas of study related to the development of modern dance, ballet or jazz dance. The choice of set works reflects the repertoire within these three areas.