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GCSE Dance at Acland Burghley School

Course description

This dynamic GCSE enables students to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of dance as a choreographer (dance maker), performer and critic. There is a balance between practical and theoretical components. Students will be taught dances, create their own dances, and watch and analyse professional dances both on video and in live performance. They learn about safe studio practice and health and fitness as a dancer, to enhance their own performance and broaden their knowledge of the dance world. Students will be given performance opportunities throughout the course, and will be taken on visits to see a range of professional dance work live at several London venues. Course content and Assessment: The syllabus is broken down into 4 units. Unit 1: Written Paper 20% (1 hr) Critical Appreciation of Dance Students will study several set professional works and then answer a short written paper that assesses the perceptive understanding of the works studied. Other questions will focus on the students’ own experience of performance and choreography. The examination will take place in the summer exam period at the end of the course in year 11 Unit 2: Practical Examination 20% (externally assessed) -Set Dance. All candidates will learn a prescribed solo dance, and will be examined on their physical competence and effectiveness as a performer, demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of technical and expressive performance skills. Unit 3: Practical coursework 20% (internally assessed) - Performance in a duo/group. The task is based on a professional dance work studied and shaped by the teacher . Unit 4: Practical coursework 40% (internally assessed)Choreography. Students will explore and synthesise ideas, thoughts and meaning through movement by responding to two tasks: 1) a solo composition task based on set professional work. 2) a solo, duo or group composition based on a stimulus Course Aims: • To educate and inspire students about the world of dance, through a broad, and coherent programme of study. • To prepare learners to make informed choices about further learning opportunities and career choices in the field. Head of Department: Ms Gordon

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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