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Dance A Level at Dunraven School

Course description

The course is made up of 3 main strands: performance, choreography and appreciation.

Students will be required to take part in regular technique class and will regularly choreograph work of their own in a variety of styles. Students will develop knowledge of areas of study from dance history, as well as a deeper understanding of a set work to critically analyse in terms of its content and context. Students will select a key practitioner from history to reproduce a solo in his/her style and dance as part of a group in performance. Students will also choreograph a group dance on others to demonstrate thorough investigation, research, craft and manipulation of movement material.

Course content

Year 1
Component 1: Performance and choreography (80 marks)
Practical exam Performance: a solo choreography created and performed by you and a duo/group performance piece
Component 2: Critical engagement (80 marks) Written exam: 2 hours
Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two areas of study: One compulsory, one optional area of study, from a choice of four. The reflection and understanding of own choreographic and performance practice.

Year 2
Component 1: Performance and choreography (80 marks)
Solo Performance & Group choreography: a solo performed by you in the style of a key practitioner, a group dance
choreographed on others and performance in a quartet.
Component 2: Critical engagement (100 marks) Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works. One compulsory set work within the compulsory area of study, one optional set work within the corresponding area of study, from a choice of four.

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in GCSE Dance and English

Assessment

Informal assessments take place regularly through practical performances of work in progress during class. This is supported by regular teacher, self and peer feedback. Students will be more formally assessed in all unit areas at least once per term.
Assessment can be in written or practical form and regular homework will inform this process.

Future opportunities

The intrinsic value of dance is the development of creative, imaginative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacities.

Skills such as confidence, self-esteem, team working, problem solving, fitness, cultural awareness, analytical skills and more are all work related and can be gained by taking A-Level Dance – an asset to many career choices. A level dance can also lead to higher education in Dance, Performing Arts, professional training and professional employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dunraven School directly.

Last updated date: 03 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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