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Dance A Level at Samuel Ryder Academy

Course description

Unit 1: Understanding Dance                                                

  • The dancer as a performer.  
  • The process and craft of choreography – knowledge and understanding of the demands in practice and performance on the dancer.
  • The process and craft of choreography: own work and that of professional repertoire.
  • The significance of dances: own work and that of professional repertoire.

Unit 2: Choreography and Performance

  • The process of solo choreography from investigation and research of ideas through to outcome.
  • The development of physical and interpretative skills in relation to performance of the solo choreography.
  • The development of performance skills within a duo/trio performance context.

UNIT 3: Dance Appreciation: Content and Context

Areas of Study from:

1.      The royal Ballet 1956-1977

2.     Alvin Ailey American Dance theatre 1958 – current

3.     Netherlands Dance theatre 1959-1999                            

The Set Work:

1.     the Prodigal Son (Balanchine, 1929)

2.     Zero Degrees (Khan and Cherkaoui, 2005)

3.     West side Story (Robbins, 1961)

UNIT 4: Group choreography and Solo Performance

  • The process of group choreography from investigation and research of ideas to outcome.
  • The development of solo performance skills in relation to a specific practitioner within an area of dance study from unit3, or the choreographer of any the three set works.        

Practical Assessment:

UNIT 2 - assessment

  • Solo choreography and performance.
  • Performance in a duo/ trio.

UNIT 4 – assessment

  • Group choreography.
  • Performance of a solo in relation to a specific practical.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSE grades A* to C including English and Mathematics is required in addition to the subject specific requirements for those subjects intended for study at Advanced Level or BTEC.

Candidates are also invited to attend an interview. On the basis of their interviews and in the case of external applications, a report from their current school is also required. An offer of a conditional place may then be made but the offer remains provisional until the students’ results are known.

Dance GCSE Grade C or above.

Dance outside of school – at least one style, preferably two.

To continue onto the A2 course a D grade or above at AS is required.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 March 2015
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Key information

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