Who is the course for?
This course is designed for students who have previous knowledge and experience in dance. The course will develop dance and performance skills, and physical fitness is essential.
What will I study on the course?
The course focuses on three main aspects of dance:
Performance- Your own performance and technical dance skills will be improved through weekly technique classes in contemporary dance, and through the practical study of specific dance works. The study of anatomy and physiology in specific relation to dance will ensure a strong grounding in safe working practices and development of your own physical ability, strength, fitness and health.
Choreography- A study of the ‘tools’ of choreography in order to create original and inspiring dance pieces. You will have the opportunity to create solo and group pieces using a range of interesting stimuli.
- Appreciation-Gaining a wider knowledge of the historical and cultural influences of dance, both past and present, as well as theoretical and practical knowledge of the work of key choreographers and innovators in dance. You will be encouraged to see as many live dance performances as possible, through trips, residentials and visiting professional companies and to research, evaluate and review performances in order to develop an educated, critical eye.
- Five GCSEs at grade C or above including GCSE English at grade C or above
- Previous experience in dance and good physical fitness are essential
How will I be assessed?
- Practical work
- Written exams
How long is the course?Two years.
Are there any additional costs for the course?
You will also need a dance uniform of black tights and leotard.
Success at this level enables movement onto dance or performing arts related courses. A level Dance can also be used as a standard subject, therefore, helping students to gain entrance onto a multitude of higher education courses.