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:
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.
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.
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.
AS and A Level Dance encompasses all areas of dance both practical and theoretical. 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.
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. You will also need a dance uniform of black tights and leotard.
How will I be assessed?
AS and A Level dance is assessed by external examiners visiting the College to see practical work and by the written exams at the end of the course.
You will be assessed on dance technique and performance skills. You will also be expected to be able to analyse and interpret dance through an essay format.
You will be expected to choreograph solo, and group dances throughout the two years. Some pieces may have a prescribed title or theme to use, at other times the subject matter may be open but the style, content or form may be set. Alongside this, you will be continually assessed during technique classes learning a number of internally set technical studies. Practical work may be videoed and discussed later with the relevant students. Visual feedback is extremely important. Essays will feature as homework and will include topics such as choreographic principles, historical influences and cultural influences in dance.