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Dance International Baccalaureate at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

Course description

Throughout the 2 year IB course participants explore dance as an art form, through aesthetic, artistic, cultural and physical exploration. The course takes a holistic approach to dance and embraces a variety of dance traditions and cultures. Performance, creative and analytical skills are mutually developed and valued whether the students are writing essays or creating/performing dances.


Course content

Journal: The syllabus encourages students in maintaining a journal reflecting upon performances they have seen, participatory experiences and cross cultural exposures. This should include discussion of skills and techniques relevant to the styles they are studying. Through the journal students should be making links between the different components of the course and developing their knowledge of specialist dance vocabulary.

Composition: Through their composition lessons students have to think creatively, looking at different sources of stimuli and looking at how to manipulate movement effectively. Alongside this students will learn choreographic principles and theory which they will embed through practical exploration. Students will develop their TOK skills through questioning movement as a symbolic language and analysing the different ways we gain knowledge through dance.

World Dance: Students will begin by questioning the purpose of the arts in society and gaining knowledge about the history of dance. Through this area of the course students will develop philosophical and analytical thinking skills. They will then progress to analysing familiar and unfamiliar dance traditions through theoretical and practical exploration. The study of professional works will help to underpin students understanding throughout.

Performance: Through this component students will gain awareness of themselves as performers, developing their technical and expressive skills as a dancer. Students will be encouraged to explore a range of styles within their performance studies. Students will learn how to reflect and analyse the strengths and weaknesses in their work and that of others.

Entry requirements

A student wishing to study dance should have at least a grade B in GCSE dance. There is no pre-requisite to have studied dance at GCSE, but you will need to have had dance classes outside of school and will be asked to provide evidence of the practical grades attained.


External Assessment
Composition and Analysis - Two (SL) or Three (HL) dance works composed by the student, submitted on DVD and an analytical statement of 800 (SL) or 1000 (HL) words reflecting on the choreographic process (SL 40 per cent, HL 35 per cent)

Dance Investigation - A formal written report of 1500 words (SL) or 2500 words (HL) analysing the similarities and differences between two dance styles drawn from different dance cultures, one familiar to the student, one unfamiliar. At higher level students will also have to include discussion of one short excerpt from each tradition (SL 20 per cent, HL 25 per cent)

Internal Assessment
Performance – One or Two (SL) or Two or Three (HL) dances in any style, performed by the student to show proficiency and expressive ability appropriate to the dance, submitted on DVD, internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated (SL 40 per cent, HL 40 per cent)

Future opportunities

At Standard Level dance is valued as part of the well-rounded curriculum. It instils physical and mental discipline as well as fostering creativity.

Students of Higher Level dance can progress to choreography, dance and musical theatre courses at universities and specialist dance colleges. Teaching, journalism and arts administration are possible career paths as well as professional work in the entertainment field. The creative and collaborative skills acquired through dance can also be useful in a wide variety of careers such as business and events management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2016

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