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Dance A level at The Thomas Hardye School

Course description

Dance is a dynamic course which encourages students to develop their creative and performance ability and intellectual capacity, alongside transferable skills such as team working, communication and problem solving. All of these are sought after skills by higher education and employers and will help students to stand out in the workplace whatever their choice of career. The course includes participation in technique classes to improve performance skills and choreographic workshops alongside the study of professional dance works.

There is a clear link to the GCSE course, however it is not essential for students to have studied dance at GCSE level.

Course content


In practical lessons, students participate in technique classes in a range of styles including Contemporary and Jazz to further their performance skills and choreographic workshops to develop their creative skills and ability to structure dances. They also learn and perform dances in a range of dance styles. Theoretical learning involves the study of the Rambert Dance Company 1966 – 2002, and American jazz dance 1940 – 1975, and key choreographers and works from these areas.


In practical lessons students develop their performance and creative skills focusing on the Jazz and Contemporary styles. They also develop choreography skills focusing on working with groups of dancers. Theoretical study involves the analysis of two works from the two areas of study, Rooster by Christopher Bruce and Singin’ in the Rain by Donen and Kelly. There are several performance opportunities and workshops with professionals and theatre trips are an integral part of the course.


The practical assessment is worth 50%. Students will perform a solo, dance in a quartet and choreograph a group dance. The written exam consists of short answer questions and essay questions on the areas of study and set works.

Future opportunities

Dance is an ideal course for anyone wanting to pursue a course or career in the performing arts; for example, as a performer, choreographer, teacher, or dance therapist. It also provides an excellent background for any work in the arts, arts management, fitness and physical education. Skills developed such as team working, communication and problem solving are transferable and relevant to a wide range of careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thomas Hardye School directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2017
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