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Dance A-Level at Sir William Ramsay School

Course description

As a student of dance you will be encouraged to develop your experience of performance and choreography and your understanding of Dance as an art form.

Course content

AS has two units:

Unit 1: Understanding Dance

  • The dancer as a performer; including knowledge and understanding of the demands made in practice and performance on the dancer
  • The process and craft of choreography
  • The significance of dances

Unit 2: Choreography and Performance

  • The process of solo choreography from investigation and research of dance ideas to outcome
  • Physical and interpretative skills in relation to performance of the solo choreography
  • Performance skills within a duo/trio performance context

At A2 you will be encouraged to develop skills and extend and apply the knowledge gained at AS Level. The focus of your choreography is shifted towards group dance and you will develop your knowledge, understanding and performance skills in of one of ballet, modern or jazz dance styles.

A2 has two units:

Unit 3 Appreciation: Content and Context

  • Investigating one area of study from – ballet, modern dance or jazz dance.
  • Critical analysis and appreciation of one set work.

Unit 4: Group Choreography and Solo Performance

  • Group choreography from investigation and research of ideas through to outcome.
  • Solo performance skills in relation to a specific practitioner within a specific area of dance study.

This is a combination of written and practical work. Units 1 and 3 are assessed by written exam and Units 2 and 4 by practical coursework and practical exam.

Entry requirements

You are expected to have a keen interest in Dance and preferably studied the subject at GCSE or Level 2.

Future opportunities

Students successful on this course could progress to Higher National Diplomas or degrees in further or higher education. Other students may wish to seek employment in related Performing Arts careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir William Ramsay School directly.

Last updated date: 23 April 2015
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