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Dance at Calder High School

Course description

At AS Level, students focus on the development and performance of their own choreography and performance within a duo/trio. Candidates 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.

At A2, candidates develop skills and extend and apply knowledge gained at AS level. The focus on choreography is shifted towards groups dance. Candidates 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.

Candidates continue to receive instruction on technique and the health and safety of the dancer.


Course content


Unit 1 (40%) Written Examination: Understanding dance - the dancer as performer; the process and craft of choreography; the significance of dances

Unit 2 (60%) Practical examination: Solo choreography and performance in a duo/trio.


Unit 3 (50%) Written examination: Appreciation: Content and context - investigation of a given dance style; critical appreciation/analysis of a given set work

Unit 4 (50%) Practical examination: Group choreography and solo performance.

Entry requirements

Ideally a GCSE Grade C or above in Dance

A willingness to attend a variety of live dance performances

A willingness to participate in extra rehearsals outside of lesson time

A commitment to performing own and peers' work in lesson time and extracurricular shows is mandatory

Future opportunities

Higher Education

Dance Degree

Performing Arts related courses or Degrees

Dance and PE combined courses



Media related courses

Sports related courses


The Arts/Theatre/Performance


Planning, Problem solving and Decision making


Dance/movement therapy


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Calder High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September