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Dance IB at Impington Village College

Course description

The main aims of all group six subjects, which include Dance, Theatre, Film, Music and Visual Art, are to enable students to enjoy a lifelong engagement with the arts; to become informed, reflective and critical practitioners; to explore and value the diversity of the Arts across cultures and time, and to express ideas with confidence.

The aims of IB Dance also include the understanding of Dance as a set of practices with their own histories and theories; to experience Dance as an individual and collective exploration of the expressive possibilities of the body, in various styles, traditions and cultures; and to understand and appreciate mastery in Dance styles, including those from other cultures. Its objectives include the ability to compose and arrange, and to analyse and interpret Dance performance; to develop a comparative knowledge of the history and cultural context of dance in a variety of traditions, and to be able to articulate Dance movement, performing to an audience.

Entry requirements

For this level of Dance, students need to have studied some style/form of Dance in the past. This course is not for novices or those who enjoyonly asocial form of Dance. The course is rigorous and requires some technique. Contact the sixth form if unsure.

For the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), a student should be a general all-round student, with at least 7 6-grades or higher at GCSE or level 2 equivalent and have a 6 grade or more in the subject s/he wishes to take at IB diploma higher level or as IB single-subject certificate.



Internal assessment Performance

Assessment is Performance of two or three dances - HL/one or two - SL, at least one of which must be a solo or a duet, in any style or styles, to show proficiency and expressive ability appropriate to the Dance. These performance pieces may be drawn from a single culture/tradition, or from different ones. Overall total length: HL 6-9 minutes; SL 3-6 minutes.

External assessment Composition and Analysis

Using knowledge and experience acquired during the course, students choreograph their own work: three Dance works - HL/two - SL, composed by the student and presented on DVD/video, overall total length 8-15 minutes - HL; 6-10 minutes - SL, with a composition and analysis statement documenting and reflecting on the processes of composition and analysis of one of the Dance pieces: 1000-1500 words - HL; 800-1200 words - SL.

World Dance Investigation

A research task exploring and comparing two dance styles drawn from different cultures, one familiar and one not studied closely during the course; this will be presented as a written investigation of 2000 words maximum - HL; 1500 words - SL; technological processes.

They will also be tested on their ability to produce a balanced stereo mix. examination board, to bring students to professional standard. A visiting examiner will mark the performance. 'The course aims to establish an approach to the performing arts which is multi-disciplinary and develops qualities of imagination, sensitivity and artistic knowledge and understanding.'

Financial information

Some specialist equipment is required: shoes, black apparel

Future opportunities

Dance companies, Dance degree or combined with Musical Theatre

Further information

For more information about choosing courses at Impington International Sixth Form please see Choosing your IB Programme or contact the sixth form

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 June 2017
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    • Impington International College is unusual, to say the least, and is possibly unique amongst state education providers. The chance for young people from all over the world to work and socialise together gives tremendous opportunities for broadening cultural horizons, increasing understanding and challenging preconceptions. Impington International College offers a wide range of courses and programmes: BTECs and, since 1991, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), followed recently by the International Baccalaureate Careers Programme (IBCP). At the heart of all of our provision is the IB mission statement, which aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. We actively encourage our students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. We have a good balance between overseas and UK students who come here to take the IBDP & IBCP and those who follow the BTEC route and others who are attracted by Impington’ s superb reputation in the area of Performance. We want outstanding achievement for all our students no matter what path they choose to follow. Our tutorial system and small class sizes ensure lots of individual attention but we encourage students to be independent and think for themselves. Our alumni are welcomed everywhere from Cambridge or St Andrew’s Universities, to The Place and Italia Conti; from Maastricht or Japan to UCAL. If you are prepared to challenge yourself to the full and if the opportunity to learn in an international environment motivates you, Impington International College will be the right place to prepare you for the next stage of your life.