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Performing Arts at The Castle School

Course description

The course builds personal confidence, resilience and stamina of both the mental and physical types. It focuses on dance and is ideal for students wanting to understand the practical needs and concerns of the performing arts industry. It explores all aspects and combines it with the opportunity to specialise in either performance or production support. The course encourages talent by offering a genuinely practical approach, and many students progress on to dance courses in higher education. Students will need to be hard working, committed and with a real interest in dance. A mature approach, good time management skills and the ability to work as part of a small team are also important, as students will often need to rely on one another.

The course is designed to give students a lot of highly vocational experience. They are expected to extend their skills in and understanding of a wide range of dance styles. Students will also have opportunities to bring their music and drama skills to the course where appropriate. Students will perform on a regular basis, both on a small scale to peers and at whole-school events and at outside venues, and are strongly encouraged to join the school Dance Company. Most units involve both practical and theory work and students are expected to keep notebooks and logs to evidence their progress, and to write evaluations of their work.

Entry requirements

5 grade A*- C at GCSE. Dance at GCSE is not required, though it is necessary to have some experience.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years