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Dance IB Higher Level at Parkside Sixth

Course description

The IB Dance course is perfect for those students who enjoy Dance and movement in all its forms. The Diploma Programme dance curriculum embraces a variety of dance traditions and dance cultures, past and present, from across the world. Performance, creative and analytical skills are mutually developed and valued whether the students are writing papers or creating/performing dances. This course appeals equally to students who may become professional performers or choreographers, those who might want to study dance, and for those for whom dance is simply an enriching part of their lives.

Course content

  • Composition and analysis
  • Dance Investigation 
  • Performance

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including English and Maths.

IB students take three subjects at Higher level and three at Standard level. For Higher level subjects, you should have GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade B or above in those subjects or related ones. We recommend Higher level Maths only for those with a grade A or above in GCSE Maths. Further information about entry requirements can be found on p.73 of the prospectus or on the website (addlink to website). Students also have timetabled sessions for Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Action & Service.

If you are applying for the International Baccalaureate, you need to choose six subjects, from a range of different subject areas (link to Additional Information, 6 Bac International Baccalaureate Diploma). You also need to choose one from each of the subject option blocks. The blocks can be found here .

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Composition and analysis (SL - 60 teaching hours, HL
– 150 teaching hours) SL - 40% HL – 35%

You will choreograph two dance works lasting for a
total of 6–10 minutes. (HL - three dance works lasting
for a total of 8-15 minutes). An analytical statement
of no more than 800 words (HL - 1000 words) should
accompany one of the compositions, documenting
and reflecting upon the processes of composition and

Dance investigation (SL - 30 teaching hours, HL – 60
teaching hours) SL - 20% HL – 25%

You will produce a formal written report, no more
than 1,500 words, (HL 2500 words) analysing the
similarities and differences between two dance styles
drawn from different dance cultures and/or traditions,
one of which is familiar to you and one unfamiliar. HL -
The report must also include an in-depth comparative
discussion of one short excerpt from each dance
culture and/or tradition.

Performance (SL - 60 teaching hours HL – 90
teaching hours) 40%

You will perform two dances (of which at least one
must be a solo or a duet) (HL - 3 dances) in any style
or styles, which show proficiency and expressive
ability appropriate to the dance, presented at an
open showing. The two dances should last for a
total presentation of between 3–6 minutes (HL - 6-9
minutes). A short programme note must accompany each performace 

Future opportunities

You may wish to pursue Dance at university level ir stage school and from this pursue a career in the field.

Dance is not just for those you want to pursue a career in performance. It will help complement your other IB subjects, showcasing your creative side, and will help to foster a lifelong love of dance, which will be personally enriching whatever you choose to do in the future.

Further information

You will use the facilities in J6, the brand new Performing Arts Centre at the Coleridge campus, which is designed for students of creative subjects. For academic research you will use the Sixth Form library and Eden Centre study facilities. Dance students will work both collaboratively and individually to develop their dance skills and understanding.

Extra-curricular Activities:

  • A dance company
  • The opportunity to lead younger students
  • Trips to performances in Cambridge and London

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 September 2018
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