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Dance GCSE at Parliament Hill School

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Exam board: Assessment Qualifi cation Alliance (AQA) Team Leader: Ms S Williams, Why take it? Pathway? The new specifi cation offers new freedom and allows for more individual creativity. Dance styles are no longer restricted to just contemporary, allowing young people to explore more modern urban styles. Dancing promotes fi tness, a healthy lifestyle, team working and creativity. Students who work hard will defi nitely exceed their expectations on this course. GCSE Dance Develops: • Effective and independent learners and as critical and refl ective thinkers with enquiring minds. • Students’ skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of dance styles and choreographic methods. • Physical, technical and expressive skills through which students are able to communicate choreographic intention and develop their individual qualities as performers. • Critical appreciation of dance in its physical, artistic, aesthetic and cultural contexts The course has a clear progression from Key Stage 3 and a solid foundation for further studies in dance or performing arts, including A-level Dance and the Creative and Media Diploma, and/or a career in performing arts. Quotes from Year 11 ‘I love dancing and GCSE dance, the course and especially my teacher made it happen for me. At times it was challenging but I worked hard and persevered. I am proud of what I have achieved and will be going on to do A-level dance at Laswap.’ A Khemet 15th May 2008, A in GCSE dance Assessment % breakdown (controlled assessment and external exam) Set dance – 20% Externally assessed Choreography - 40% Controlled assessment Solo choreography 15% Group choreography 25% Performance in a duo/group dance – 20% Critical appreciation of dance -20% The Written paper Tiers on entry Un-tiered Requirements for A level/ Laswap To continue and progress on to A Level studies at Laswap you will need to obtain a C or above at GCSE level. Description of course The course is based on four units and will be delivered over 2yrs 1) Critical appreciation of dance: The Written paper takes 1 hour; you will answer questions on two professional works (dance pieces). 2) Set dance: You learn and perform a solo dance of approximately 1–1½ minutes from your choice of two different dances. 3) Performance in a duo/group dance: You perform in a dance that both teacher and student devise, for 2, 3, 4 or 5 dancers, lasting 3–3½ minutes. Every student must dance for at least 2 minutes within the piece. Assessment includes marks for demonstration of knowledge of safe practice. 4) Choreography 4a) Solo choreographic task: After selecting three motifs from any one of the professional dance works we study you develop them into a dance lasting 1–1½ minutes. 4b) Group Choreography: Choreograph either a solo dance lasting 1½–2 minutes OR a group dance for 2, 3, 4 or 5 dancers, lasting 2½–3 minutes. This can be in any dance style. For both choreographic assessments you may dance in your own choreography. Year 10 1) Critical appreciation of dance: you will study and analyse 2 different dance pieces 2) Set dance: you will study the fi rst half (40 sec) 3) Performance in a duo/group dance: Devise the fi rst half (1.5 min) 4) Choreography: You will complete your solo composition task. December and January practical mock exam July written mock Year 11 1) Critical appreciation of dance: Critically analyse 2 different dance pieces compare and contrasting the different constituent feature of the dance. 2) Set dance: Devise the second half (40 sec) / rehearsing the entire sequence 3) Performance in a duo/group dance: Devise the second half (1.5 min) and be rehearsing the entire sequence 4) Choreography: Complete group composition task and rehearsing/developing your yr 10 solo. March practical exam May written exam Home work: Practical/theory after school GCSE clubs- In Yr 10 you attend one club per week in Yr 11 you attend two clubs during the exam season. To succeed and excel you must meet all home work/course work deadlines and attend all the GCSE clubs. Events / trips / residential information Theatre trips in the summer term to the place. March GCSE students perform at Sadler’s Wells. Participation in the school annual summer event, Evening of Dance. Useful websites

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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