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Dance A Level at John Leggott Sixth Form College

Course description

Unit 1: Performance and choreography

  • Performance – You will perform a solo and as part of a quartet. The solo is performed in the style of a professional practitioner you will be studying, it should last between 2 – 3 minutes. You will also perform as part of a quartet, this will be in the dance style you will be studying. Both the solo and quartet are creative responses to your Unit 2 Critical engagement study. Your quartet should last between 3 – 4 minutes. There are opportunities for students who are particularly interested in the creative process to part choreograph their solo and quartet
  • Choreography – You will develop skills to enable you to create an original piece of group choreography in which you do not perform. This group work should last between 3 – 4 minutes. Your choreography will be in response to an externally set task issued by the exam board. In addition you will need to submit a choreographic log and a set of programme notes.

Unit 2: Critical Engagement

  • Set works - In this unit you will explore the relationship between the creation, presentation and viewing/appreciation of two professional dance works.
  • Areas of study – You will be exploring in-depth two specific time periods in dance history and specific dance styles. This will include looking at professional dancers and choreographers, their specific stylistic features, technique, influences, professional repertoire and how the dance ideas are communicated. You’re compulsory area of study is The Rambert Dance Company 1966-2002, you will also study a second different area of study.

Entry requirements

GCSE Dance at grade C or above or Grade 4 in contemporary, modern, ballet or jazz dance and preferably GCSE English at grade C or above. GCSE average 4.0 or above including 5 C grades.


45% written exams 55% practical exams

Future opportunities

You could gain a place on a Higher Education dance course, such as a HND or a degree or use the qualification to support you in further study in a wide range of subjects. You will also be attractive to employers in people-related industries.

Further information

You will have the opportunity to go on evening theatre visits to see live dance performances and take part in dance, yoga and fitness training activities to develop your physical performance and extend your dance skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Leggott Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 22 September 2016

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