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Dance A Level at Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Course description

How do choreographers communicate their ideas?

What are the stages of the choreographic process?

What important role did Rambert Dance Company play in the development of the world of dance?

What are the key physical training elements for a dancer?

What skills help a dancer to produce an expressive performance?


Is Dance for you?
  • You are prepared for the physical and academic demands of studying Dance.
  • You want to gain experience in choreography and performance, as well as engaging in critical thinking about dance as an art form.
  • You wish to study through a mixture of practical work and theory – combining your creative and academic abilities.
  • You are keen to perform in both group and solo pieces and create your own imaginative dances.
  • You want to learn how to become a confident and critical performer.

Course content

AS Year

Understanding Dance

You will develop an understanding of dance as well as critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance. You will study a number of dance works from a variety of genres and styles and investigate the variety of ways in which a choreographer uses different features in order to communicate to an audience. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the theory behind training a dancer and apply this to your own experience.

Choreography and Performance

You will learn about the process of solo choreography: from investigation and research of ideas, through to outcome. You will then choreograph and perform a solo piece from a choice of four starting points. You will also perform in a duo or trio in a specific dance style.


A2 Year

Dance Appreciation: Content and Context

You will gain an appreciation and understanding of the historical and cultural context of dance through the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of different dances. You will also gain a critical appreciation of practitioners and their works by studying a set work and a set area and style of dance.

Group Choreography and Solo Performance

You will choreograph a group dance of between two and three minutes duration from a choice of starting points. You will also perform a solo dance in a performance style linked to the area of study for the written exam.


Entry requirements

You must have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above.  Acceptance onto the course is through a practical audition when your suitability for the practical element of the course will be assessed.


You will be assessed through a mixture of written and practical work. The written work will consist of short, structured questions and essays on aspects of training, performing, choreography and professional dances. The practical assessments will be based upon your choreography and performance work – whether solo or as part of a group.

Future opportunities

This course is suitable for anyone wanting to pursue performing arts or pure dance at Higher Education level. It is also complementary for any course requiring good communication, analysis and group work skills. It provides a thorough insight into the breadth of skills and knowledge required for dance practitioners which students could later extend through a vocational training course.

Whether you plan to become a professional dancer, actor or singer, this Dance course will greatly benefit the development of your movement and dance skills. In addition to performing, choreographing and teaching, this course might lead to other exciting careers such as dance therapy, arts journalism or movement therapy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birkenhead Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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