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A Level Dance at St Bartholomew's School

Course description

AS and A2 candidates will develop the ability to:

 Perform and interpret dance ideas with a sense of style, an understanding of safe practice and the technical and expressive skills needed by a dancer.

 Create imaginative dances with an understanding of current practice whilst drawing on past influences.

 Comment with perspective and criticism on the structural and expressive aspects of dance and show knowledge of the cultural and historical context of dances.

What are the key elements of the A Level Dance course?
Choreography, Performance, Dancer in Action/Training, Dance Appreciation, Context and Function of Dance, Analysis, Technique.


Both AS and A2 Dance are assessed through two units covered each year.

A one year course involving two units, both externally assessed.

Unit 1
Written Examination 40% 60 Marks.
Questions are on the performer, the process and craft of choreography, the significance of dances and a specific area of study.

Unit 2
Choreography and Performance 60%
Practical Coursework: 90 Marks Section A – Solo Choreography and Performance Section B – Performance in a Duo/Trio

A2 A one year course continuing from AS Dance involving two units, all of which are externally assessed.

Unit 3
Written Examination 50% 90 Marks. 2 essay questions based on a set professional work and a set area of study.

Unit 4
Group Choreography and Solo Performance 50% Section A – Group Choreography Section B – Solo performance based on an area of study from Unit 3.

Financial information

Students will be expected to go on regular theatre visits to see professional dance performances – this will incur some expenses, usually at student rates.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

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