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Dance A-Level at Priestley College

Course description

This course is for you if you are passionate about contemporary dance and you would like to develop your knowledge and skills in this genre, preparing you for further study within higher education. It is ideal for those who would enjoy developing skills in dance performance, choreography and dance appreciation and for those who enjoy working independently, exploring their creativity. This course is also suited to those who attend dance classes on a weekly basis and want to continue developing their technical skills with a view to having a career in dance.

Course content

During AS Dance you will study two components. Component 1: Performance and Choreography develops your choreographic and performance skills through a solo and duet/trio practical task. Component 2: ‘Critical Engagement’ enables you to learn about the dancer as a performer, developing your knowledge and understanding of the process and craft of choreography and the analysis of professional works.

Entry requirements

Your dance skills and choreographic skills must be sufficient in order to be able to participate in an intermediate dance technique class. You should be able to respond to a range of choreographic stimuli, producing interesting and suitable movement vocabulary. You must have dance experience, preferably in the contemporary or ballet genre. It is expected that you will continue to attend dance classes on a weekly basis outside of college to further develop your technical skill. You will also be invited to complete an audition prior to enrolment.


50% Practical (solo choreography and performance and duet/trio performance) and 50% written exam at the end of the academic year.

Future opportunities

AS Level Dance prepares its students for A2 Dance and eventually higher education. The course is academic as well as practical and therefore is best suited to those students who wish to pursue a career in Dance through taking the next step to study at University.

Further information

Oxygen Dance Company is the college’s contemporary dance company which consists of a group of talented, dedicated and passionate dancers who strive to create interesting and original works from a variety of different stimuli, whilst also continuing to develop their technical skills. The process and exploration of choreographing is an extremely important part of the Company, as is the opportunity to showcase dance works and perform to live audiences. Application is through audition and is open to anyone studying at Priestley College.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Priestley College directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2016
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