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Dance at High Storrs

Course description

AQA A Level Dance

Course content

The study of Dance enables students to develop socially whilst promoting creativity, fitness and well-being. Whilst we teach students to become performers, they’ll also develop their confidence, self-esteem and team working skills. Assessment includes a combination of practical dance tasks which will include technique and fitness classes, alongside creative extended writing assignments to equip students with the necessary skills and experience to study dance further, or embark on an exciting career in the arts.

This course is designed for those who are passionate about dance and want to pursue a career within the performing arts.

A Level Dance focuses on: 

  • The development of Rambert Dance company 1966 – 2002
  • The development of American Jazz Dance 1940 -1975
  • Performance of a solo
  • Performance within a quartet
  • Choreography on a group of dancers


Entry requirements

A minimum of five Grade 9 - 4 / A*-C at GCSE. This MUST include at least a Grade 4 / Grade C in English Language


Grade 4 / C in Dance or an equivalent demonstration of expertise

Students must have a background in a recognised dance technique which will need to be verified through the submission of video footage or an audition process.

Applicants must be confident in performing live on stage in front of small and large audiences – this includes peers, teachers, parents and members of the public. During the course students will attend rehearsals/performances outside their usual curricular hours.




Practical Live Exam - 50%

  • Solo Performance  
  • Quartet Performance and Choreography
  • Group Choreography

Written Exam – Critical Engagement 50%

  • Compulsory set work of study –Rooster (Christopher Bruce) 1991
  • Compulsory area of study Rambert Dance Company 1966 -2002
  • Optional area of study Singin’ in the Rain – American Jazz Dance





Future opportunities

The A Level Dance specification requires students to develop, demonstrate and articulate practical and theoretical knowledge. This will help students with further understanding and experience of technical and performance skills, and the development of dance placed within an artistic and cultural context. The course is designed to push the students physically in the studio and to overcome challenges in new tasks and different ways of moving. Students will work with professional dance companies to further their skills on technique and performance. Leadership skills will be developed when creating dance on other dancers by responding to set questions set by AQA.

Opportunities to audition and be selected into High Storrs Dance Company will be available. The company get the chance to perform in Once Dance UK’s regional platform Fresh Festival for youth dance groups. This will give students the experience of performing professional works on a professional stage and nationwide platform.

Students who have gained a qualification with A Level Dance have progressed taking a Degree or diploma at prestigious Vocational Dance Schools and Conservatoires including Urdang Academy, Laines Theatre Arts, Doreen Bird, London Contemporary Dance School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and LIPA.

Further information

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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: 14 November 2017
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