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IB Dance Diploma at Hartsdown Academy

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

What will I study?

  • Composition and analysis
  • World Dance studies
  • Performance

Entry requirements

What will I need to study this course?

A passion and some experience in dance.



External assessment 60%

  • Composition and analysis 40% - you will compose dance works(two for Standard, three for Higher), which you will submit on DVD with an accompanying analysis.
  • Dance investigation 20% - You will produce a report, 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.

Internal Assessment 40%

  • Performance - You will perform dances (at least one as a solo or duet), which showcase your skills. This will be in front of an audience. You will also write programme notes to accompany your performance.

Future opportunities

Where will this subject take me?

You may wish to pursue Dance at university level or 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

Please contact Mrs S Pollard on 01843 227957 or pollards@hartsdown,org

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: 08 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Number of planned places: 10


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