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Dance A Level at Eaton Bank Academy

Course description

For some people, dance is simply the way in which they express themselves. Joy, sadness, loneliness, love... if you can imagine how dance would portray human emotions and stories, this course is for you. Step inside the world of dance and gain knowledge and understanding of the dancer in action and the skills involved in performance. Through the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of dances you will gain an appreciation and understanding of their historical and cultural context.
Develop your own creativity as a dancer and choreographer. Not to mention keeping fit and trim!

Course content

Component 1:
Performance and choreography
Practical examination
50% of total A Level marks

80 marks
1. Solo performance linked to specific practitioner within an area of study
2. Performance in a quartet (in any style, relevant to the defined genre)
3. Group choreography
Component 2: Critical engagement
Written examination lasting 2 hour 30 minutes
50% of total A Level marks
100 marks
Section A: short answer questions (25 marks) and one essay question (25 marks) on the compulsory set work / area of study.
Section B: two essay questions on the second set work / area of study (25 marks each).
Our chosen areas of study are;
Compulsory set work: Rootser choreographed (Christopher Brice) and corresponding area of study Rambert Dance Company
Area of study: American Jazz focusing on the work of Jerome Robbins (West Side Story, Fancy Free & The King and I) and Gene Kelly (including the corresponding set work Singin’ in the Rain and On the Town & AN American in Paris)

Entry requirements

Dance involves the study of choreography and performance and engaging in critical thinking about dance. Students work to develop and extend their knowledge, understanding and skills needed to participate in, and communicate through dance, in a variety of contexts. Students will examine the form, function and context of dance, constituent features of dance, the significance of dance and the dancer in action. Students should have, although it is not compulsory, a grade ‘C’ at GCSE Dance to study Dance at A Level.

Future opportunities

A Level Dance is suitable for anyone wanting to pursue dance or the arts in
Higher Education, or as support for any course requiring good communication and group work skills. In addition to performing, choreographing, teaching, lecturing, free-lancing or community work, this course might lead to such diverse careers as dance therapy or journalism. Universities and employers think favourably of the social skills, dedication and imagination required to succeed in an A Level dance course

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eaton Bank Academy directly.

Last updated date: 18 April 2018

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