Dance A Level at Bitterne Park School
At KS5, students take their dance training to the next level of education through studying AS and A Level dance. Using KS3 and KS4 as a foundation for their learning, the students build upon this so that they have the best possible opportunity to be able to not only succeed on this course but to pursue dance within higher education or to transfer these skills to that of the workplace.
Students learn in a modern, state of the art studio, providing the best possible environment for their education. Lessons are interactive, topical and above all personalised to ensure that all students are able to succeed whatever level they are. The course will allow you to develop your analytical, team work, independence, leadership and communication skills.
Students are provided with a range of opportunities to perform so that they are able to transfer these skills into their studies. A Level Dance students are expected to attend all appropriate extra-curricular classes and will be expected to contribute to the annual Dance Performance Evening ‘Dance Fusion’ with performance, choreography and general production work. Students will be expected to actively participate in all theatre trips and dance workshops
The AS course prepares you for both the practical and written examination papers. You will have weekly technique classes focusing on improving your performance skills, choreography lessons building on your knowledge and skills, ‘Dancer in Action’ lessons (based on anatomy, training, diet, nutrition and safety) as well as dance appreciation lessons (where you study dance history and professional works).
Theoretically students study an area within dance history. They learn about how the dance style has developed and the significance of its place in history. Students focus on two well-known choreographers linked to this style of dance. Alongside this they will analyse and interpret a professional work. Students are able to identify why the work was created, the subject matter and analyse the overall performance of the work.
There is a written examination at the end of the course focusing on the area of dance history and the professional work. Practically students use the skills, knowledge and experience they have gained from the AS and A2 courses. The practical examination paper consist of two questions, one on Group Choreography and one on Solo Performance:
- Group Choreography – based on a starting point set by the Examination Board (you choreograph on a group of dancers)
- Solo Performance – focuses on the technical and performance skills that you have built upon over the course and based on a professional practitioner
You will need a minimum of five C grades at GCSE including English and Maths
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bitterne Park School directly.