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A Level Dance at Ilfracombe Academy

Course description

Year 12 – AS Level

This course focuses on the development and performance of students’ own choreography and performance within a duo/trio. Students receive training on technique and the health and safety of the dancer. They begin to develop critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance within their own work and in professional repertoire:

Unit 1: Understanding Dance (written paper) Questions are set on the dancer as a performer, the process and craft of choreography and the significance of dances.

Unit 2: Choreography and Performance (practical exam)

Section A: Solo Choreography and Performance (two or three minute duration).

Section B: Performance in a duo/trio Students demonstrate performance skills within the context of a duo/trio dance of three to four minutes in duration. The dance to be performed can be choreographed by the student(s), the teacher or both and presented in any genre or style, with or without aural accompaniment.

Year 13 – A Level

Students develop skills, extend and apply knowledge gained at Year 12. The focus of choreography is shifted towards group dance. Students develop knowledge and understanding of a specific area of study related to the development of one of the following: modern dance, ballet, jazz dance. Performance skills will be developed in relation to a specific practitioner. Students continue to receive instruction on technique and the health and safety of the dancer:

Unit 3: Dance Appreciation: Content and Context (written paper)

Unit 4: Group Choreography and Solo Performance (practical exam)

Section A: Group Choreography - Students choreograph a group dance of two to three minutes duration in which they do not perform.

Section B: Solo performance - Students present a solo performance of two to three minutes duration which demonstrates understanding of a performance style linked to a specific practitioner from the areas of study prescribed in Unit 3. The dance performed may be choreographed by the student, teacher or both.

Entry requirements

It is essential that students have experience in the field of dance or have a GCSE in the subject. Students who have little experience in dance will be expected to take part in extra techniques classes. The course is designed for those who enjoy dancing but also have the discipline and determination to study the subject in depth.

Financial information

Dance Kit - Black leggings or dance tights. Leotard or tight fitted long T-shirt (black) Foot thongs (approx £10.00 from Dance Direct)

Books - The Essential Guide to Dance, Linda Ashley, £20.00

Future opportunities

This course is an ideal foundation if you want to go on to study dance at Degree Level or other related subjects in more depth. Even if you are not studying Performing Arts related subjects, this course can offer depth to your studies and variety to your timetable. You can then go on to do any of the following:- Performing ,Teaching Dance ,Choreography , Community dance, Administration/ Management, Dance notation Journalism/criticism ,Technical production, Visual design , Dance movement therapy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ilfracombe Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 April 2015

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