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Dance A Level at Sir Thomas Wharton Community College

Course description

This course is for students who have achieved a C grade or above in Dance GCSE and who enjoy performing, choreographing and who want to develop their understanding of Dance within Society and the Performing Arts.

Course content

The course is mainly practical and you will be expected to choreograph solos and perform within a group. You will be expected to write about your practical work as well as several professional dance works.

You need to be very creative and interested in Choreography. Your technical ability can be worked on as long as you are willing to be open minded and prepared to work hard.

The AS course consists of two units:
1) Understanding Dance: the unit focuses on the dancer as a performer, the process and craft of choreography and analysing your own dance work and that of professional choreographers.
2) Choreography and Performance: the unit focuses on the knowledge and skills required to choreograph a solo dance and a performance in a duo or trio.

The A level course consists of the above units to be taken in Year 12 and the following units to be studied in Year 13.

3) Dance Appreciation: the unit focuses on knowledge and understanding about the following:
- Netherlands Dance Theatre (1959-1999).
- The Prodigal Son (Balanchine 1929).

4) Group Choreography and Solo Performance: this unit focuses on the knowledge and skills required to choreograph for firstly a group, (the student cannot perform in this piece) and secondly a solo based on the technical and choreographic skills of either: a choreographer out of Netherlands Dance Theatre (Jiri Kylian or Hans Van Manen) Or Balanchine.


Unit 1 is assessed through written examination.
Unit 2 assessed by a visiting examiner.

Unit 3 is assessed through written examination
Unit 4 is examined by a visiting examiner

Future opportunities

Many of Sir Thomas Wharton students go onto study Dance at University or Conservatoires and many are now members of the CAT scheme run by the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. Other careers include working in the Leisure Industry, TV, Teaching (Secondary and Primary), Retail Industry e.g. Meadowhall, Fashion Industry, Theatre and Dance companies (back and centre stage), costume designers and travel industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Thomas Wharton Community College directly.

Last updated date: 03 July 2015

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