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Dance A Level at Bilborough College

Course description

We  follow the AQA specification at Bilborough Sixth Form College. You'll be taught in a dedicated dance studio, with a sprung floor, mirrored walls, and portable sound and lighting equipment. Practical exams take place in our beautiful black box theatre. It is desirable, but not essential, that you have dance experience - and you must show enthusiasm, passion and a willingness to experiment with different styles. To strengthen your love for dance we're delighted to facilitate workshops and theatre visits throughout the year. If you're serious about a career on the stage, or behind the scenes, this course may be taken alongside Performance Studies and Drama and Theatre Studies.

To study Dance at Bilborough, you need a grade C in GCSE English and it would be good to have some dance experience too.

Course content

There are two modules at AS level: 'Understanding Dance' and 'Choreography and Performance'. For the first, you'll take a 1.5-hour written exam on the dancer as a performer, the process and craft of choreography and the significance of dances. You will be trained on technique and the health & safety of the dancer, and you'll begin to develop critical skills for analysing choreography and performance within your own work and in professional repertoire. For the second module you'll choreograph and perform a solo dance in response to a question set by the exam board. You will also dance as part of a duo / trio, reflecting a particular genre or style.

There are two modules at A2 level: 'Appreciation: Content and Context' and 'Group Choreography and Solo Performance'. With the former, assessed by a 1.5-hour written exam, you will focus on a chosen area of study within modern dance, and answer questions on one set work. Your final module is practical, marked by a visiting examiner. You will choreograph a group dance in which you will not perform, showing an advanced process of investigation. Finally, you will perform solo, demonstrating your understanding of a performance style linked to a specific practitioner. 

Entry requirements

To study at Bilborough Sixth Form College you must achieve a minimum of 5 A*-C grades in your GCSEs, including English Language and Maths.  We count BTEC Firsts as equivalent to one GCSE.

Future opportunities

We are always happy to guide you on the most appropriate next steps to help you achieve your dreams. Our department has good links with Dance4 and Retina Dance Company. You’ll have the chance to work with professional practitioners and we encourage you to get involved with Nottingham’s thriving dance scene. Some of our students go on to study Dance or Performing Arts at specialist institutions or universities. These degrees or professional qualifications can lead to careers in the arts sector both on and offstage – perhaps you might become a performer, producer or choreographer, events management expert, public relations and communications specialist, leisure and tourism worker, health and fitness expert, community worker or teacher.

Further information

Kynam Moore graduated from London School of Contemporary Dance having worked with the Jasmin Vardimon Company. He is a freelance dance practitioner who has recently worked for Shaun Parker. You can read his story at This Is Nottingham. Jessica Hatfield studied at Northern Contemporary Dance School before performing with Edge, London Contemporary Dance School’s postgraduate performance company. Emily Bolton studied Dance at De Montfort and then went on to establish her own community dance company working in the East Midlands. Lauren Moore studied Dance at Coventry University then continued postgraduate study at Mapdance. She is now embarking on a teaching career. Tom Yates and Dot Fildes are studying Musical Theatre at URDANG Academy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bilborough College directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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