Dance A Level at Brookfield Community School
This course is designed for students wishing to study dance in depth. Students needs to be highly motivated and enjoy working independently on tasks such as researching dance companies, studying a range of professional dance works and choreographers from a variety of genres. An interest in anatomy and physiology in relation to the dancer is also a key to success. Other performance and creative subjects compliment dance as does English and Physical Education.
You will learn the craft of choreography in relation to a solo and a group dance. Performing with others and dancing in the ‘style of’ a dance practitioner are key elements of the course. You will be required to think critically about dance as an art form. Refining performing and technical skills is also an important part of the course and you will be expected to participate in various dance performances in order to develop these skills.
To study AS and A2 Dance it is beneficial (although not essential) to have studied Dance at GCSE. Previous dance experience, including performance work and choreography, is essential for A2 and highly desirable for the AS. A minimum of grade C in GCSE English is essential.
At AS Level, all the practical work is assessed at the end of the course and is moderated by the teacher and a visiting moderator. This focuses upon choreography, technical and performing skills. You will also need to apply your ability to appreciate professional works and knowledge of the dancer’s body in the written exam. At A2 Level all practical work is assessed externally together with a written exam.
Students can continue to study dance at degree level at University or audition to dance school or conservators. There are approximately 30,000 people employed in the dance industry but only 2500 are performers! This could then lead into Choreographer, Community Dance Practitioner, Costume/Set Designer, Dance Performer, Dance/Arts Officer, Dance Education Specialist, Dance Film Maker, Dance Movement Therapist, Dance Journalist, Dance Lecturer or Academic Researcher, Dance Photographer, Dance Project Coordinator or Administrator, Dance Producer, Dance Teacher, Lighting Designer/Technical Production, Management Specialist Notation/ Choreology, Pilates Instructor, Press and Public Relations Specialist, Yoga Instructor/Zumba etc, Youth Worker, Events Manager.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brookfield Community School directly.