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Dance A Level at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College

Course description

For some people, dance is simply the way in which they express themselves. Joy, sadness, loneliness, love... if you can imagine how dance would portray human emotions and stories, this course is for you.

Step inside the world of dance and gain knowledge and understanding of the skills involved in performance. Through the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of dances you will gain an appreciation and understanding of their historical and cultural context. You’ll take your first steps in developing your own creativity as a dancer and choreographer. Not to mention keeping fit and healthy.

Course content

The A level Dance specification requires students to develop, demonstrate and articulate practical and theoretical knowledge, understanding and experience of:

- technical and performance skills
- the process and art of choreography
- the interrelationship between the creation, presentation and viewing/appreciation of dance works
- the development of dance placed within an artistic and cultural context
- professional dance works and the significance of these works
- subject specific terminology and its use.

Knowledge, understanding and skills will be developed and demonstrated within performance, choreography and critical engagement with the study of professional repertoire located within specific areas of study. The study of professional dance works, within the areas of study, promotes the integration of theory and practice and underpins students’ own approaches to performance and choreography.

Areas of study provide students with the opportunity to investigate the key changes in the development of dance linked to a genre(s) and allow students to demonstrate contextual understanding through written communication and performance.

Entry requirements

Dance is the right subject for you if you enjoy:
- Learning about the world of dance through research and investigation
- Keeping up to date with current choreographic developments in contemporary and jazz dance styles
- Refining and developing your performance skills
- Working creatively and making decisions
- Communicating and explaining your ideas
- Independent thinking, reflective learning and problem solving


Component 1: Performance & Choreography
Assessment task 1: Solo performance in relation to a specified practitioner
Each student must be able to perform as a soloist for a minimum of two minutes in a live performance setting. The maximum duration of the complete dance must be no longer than three minutes. The solo performance must be based on the movement style of a specified practitioner

Assessment task 2: Performance within a quartet
Each student must perform in a quartet which lasts for a minimum of three minutes in a live performance. The maximum duration of the complete dance must be no longer than four minutes.

Assessment task 3: Group choreography
The task requires each student to create a complete group dance which lasts for a minimum of three minutes to a maximum of four minutes for three, four or five dancers. The performance of the student’s choreography must be performed in a live performance setting. Students must respond to one of three set tasks.

Component 2: Critical engagement

Exam paper
This component is assessed through a written exam lasting 2 hours 30 minutes, set in the summer of the year of Year 13. The question paper has two sections.

Section A – Compulsory set work and area of study
Questions will relate to students’ knowledge and understanding of the compulsory set work and area of study. Students will be required to respond to both short answer and essay questions.

Section B – Optional set works and areas of study
Students will be required to answer two essay questions. One on an optional set work and one on the corresponding area of study.

Future opportunities

A level Dance is a dynamic qualification which encourages students to develop their creative and intellectual capacity, alongside transferable skills such as team working, communication and problem solving. All of these are sought after skills by higher education and employers and will help them stand out in the workplace whatever their choice of career.

It is suitable for anyone wanting to pursue the arts or dance in Higher Education, or as support for any course requiring good communication and group work skills. In addition to performing, choreographing and teaching, this course might lead to such diverse careers as dance therapy or journalism, or working in the tourism/ leisure industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 09 March 2017
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