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Dance (Performing Arts) Specialist Qualification at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

Course description

This is a practically based, work related course which is equivalent to one A Level. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic work place situations. The course focuses upon key skills in Dance which include choreography, technique and leadership. A variety of dance styles are addressed throughout the course.

Why study the Specialist Qualification in Dance?

To focus on a particular subject area and develop specialist skills and knowledge. The course prepares you for working in the Performing Arts industry or for Higher Education.

Course content

The course is made up of six units of equal weighting: two core units which are mandatory and four specialist units. This is a 60 credit course and each unit is worth 10 credits.

Unit 1 – Dance Performance (Mandatory)
You are assessed on performance skills as a dancer and how you conduct yourself during the learning and rehearsal period.

Unit 2 – Performing to an Audience (Mandatory)
You will be required to perform to a large audience at our annual Dance Show. You will also have input into choreographing and organising the Show

Unit 3 – Dance Appreciation
The study of some professional dance works. You will be assessed on your ability to accurately replicate movement, use the professional work as a stimuli for your own choreography and your ability to understand the underpinning theoretical aspects.

Unit 4 - The Healthy Performer
Candidates learn about the body and the scientific support dancers require to reach the top of their performance. Assessment is on the understanding of the different body systems and the ability to explain how they relate to each other.

Unit 5 – Ballet
You will participate in technique classes as an understanding of ballet is fundamental. You will learn a piece of professional repertoire, watch ballet at the theatre and have the opportunity to choreograph.

Unit 6 – Urban Dance
You will learn a variety of urban dance techniques and synthesise these into your own dance choreography.

Entry requirements

Students will need at least four GCSEs at Grades A*-C and have a background in Dance.

Future opportunities

The opportunity to learn a variety of dance styles and techniques throughout lessons and workshops with invited guests. The opportunity to develop your choreography skills and the chance to devise a piece towards the School’s Dance Show. The opportunity to develop social and leadership skills and to become involved with a dance company. There is also the opportunity to gain the Dance Leadership Award through leadership at the School’s Dance Club.

What kind of career does this subject/qualification prepare me for?
Dancer, Choreographer, Arts Administrator, Dance Teacher

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 15 October 2015
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