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A-Level (AS/A2) in Dance at Archbishop Holgate's School

Course description

This course is delivered in partnership with All Saints school. Qualities & Skills students will require: • A lively interest in knowledge of professional dance • A willingness to work actively on development of practical dance skills • An ability to study the theory and practice of dance technique, choreography and performance skills and appreciation • A collaborative approach to group practical work • A willingness to read widely and explore background material to set dance works • To make theatre visits in your own time • Lots of enthusiasm and energy! A brief outline of the course: Dance is an exciting and enjoyable subject which aims to develop students’ knowledge, skills and ability within performance, choreography and appreciation. The course will involve studying different contemporary practitioners including Graham, Cunningham and Davies technique. All techniques are studied on a practical as well as a theoretical level. Visits to see many of the works Live are integral to the learning of students and are used as a vital revision tool. The course is weighted 55% practical (60%AS) and 45% theory (40%AS). In the practical component students will be assessed on a solo and group choreography piece, a dance in a duo/trio and a performance piece based on an established dance practitioner. These pieces will be performed live many times throughout the AS and A level course. In class students will be developing their technique across many dance styles and becoming stronger as a performer and dancer. The theoretical will be assessed through an exam in AS and an exam in A2. We will cover many theoretical subjects including physiology, biomechanics, professional dance works and established choreographers which will all underpin the practical aspect of the course. It is not essential for students to have studied Dance at GCSE level but pupils do need to demonstrate prior knowledge and understanding of Dance on a practical and theoretical level. Dance combines well with English Literature or Language, PE and Sciences as it touches on many disciplines. What careers can it lead to? The course develops qualities which are widely sought by employers, such as confidence and positive expression. It can lead to careers in diverse fields, such as the Media, Personnel work, Advertising, Travel and Tourism, PE, Business Management, Teaching and of course, the Performing Arts.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us on 01904 411341 or email (sixthform@, your school/college careers staff or get further information and advice from Alternatively please go to the All Saints RC School website for direct information (

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Holgate's School directly.

Last updated date: 01 May 2015
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