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Dance GCSE at Parkside Federation

Course description

The course is for people who wish to deepen their knowledge, skills and understanding of contemporary dance through performance, composition and appreciation. During the course you will have the opportunity to watch many dance pieces that you will analyse and base your own practical work upon. You will participate in practical dance lessons every week (focusing on contemporary style), which will increase your technical skills and your creativity. You will also have a theory lesson a week in a classroom. There will be opportunities for you to choreograph your own pieces too. The course breakdown is as follows: Unit One: Critical Appreciation of Dance (20%) The written paper is a one hour terminal exam. Candidates are required to study a number of set professional works and answer questions about them that focus on critical analysis and perceptive understanding. Questions may also refer to candidate’s own performance and choreography. Unit Two: Set Dance (20%) The set dance is a practical exam. Candidates will learn a solo set dance in the contemporary style (approx. one minute's duration) and will be assessed on their physical competence and effectiveness as a performer as well as their knowledge of safe working practice. Unit Three: Performance in a duo/group (20%) Students will learn a group dance, (a group consists of between 2 and 5 people), that is based on a professional dance work. Assessment focuses on physical competence and effectiveness as a performer. Unit Four: Choreography (40%) Task One: Solo Composition (15%) – Candidates must select three motifs from one of the set professional dance works and develop these into a solo dance. This piece must have a clear structure and last between 1-1.5 minutes. Task Two: Choreography – for a solo or group (25%) – Candidates must also choreograph a dance from a starting point from a prescribed list, set by AQA. A brief written programme note should accompany the choreography. This dance can be a solo/duo or a group and must last between 2-3 minutes.

Further information

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Last updated date: 11 January 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years