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Dance A Level at Darrick Wood School

Course description

The A level Dance specification reflects both historical and current dance practices, making it more relevant and inspires a lifelong passion and appreciation for dance.
Students develop their knowledge of dance history which allows a breadth of understanding of the development of dance within specific areas of study; Rambert Dance Company and American Jazz 1940-75. The lessons compromise of both theoretical and practical activities and cover a range of dance techniques from a variety of different practitioners in which students will perform a solo in the style of one of the practitioners. Students are required to compose dances, which will require them to apply their knowledge of choreographic devices.

Course content

A Level Units
Component 1:

A) Solo performance linked to a specific practitioner within an area of study
B) Performance in a quartet
C) Group choreography

Component 2: Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of one compulsory set work and one optional set work and its location within a corresponding area of study

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Dance
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics


Practical examination of Component 1 - 50% of A level
Written examination of Component 2 - 50% of A level

Future opportunities

The A level dance course is a dynamic qualification which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity in addition to transferable skills such as team working, communication and problem solving. It therefore prepares students with the skills and experience to prepare them for the demands of higher education or the workplace. Careers opportunities can include, but are not limited to: a dancer, teacher, choreographer, technician, managers, promoters, producers, publicists, physiotherapists, writers, critics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darrick Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 20 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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