Consistent with the educational philosophy of the IB, the dance curriculum aims for a holistic approach to dance, and embraces a variety of dance traditions and dance cultures—past, present and looking towards the future. Performance, creative and analytical skills are mutually developed and valued whether the students are writing papers or creating/performing dances. The curriculum provides students with a liberal arts orientation to dance. This orientation facilitates the development of students who may become choreographers, dance scholars, performers or those, more broadly, who seek life enrichment through dance.
"Specific Content: Through a variety of teaching approaches, students are encouraged to develop their creative and critical abilities and to enhance their appreciation and enjoyment
The dance course has three components of study.
• Composition and analysis
• World dance studies
The course has an in-built flexibility, allowing the study of diverse world dance cultures and/or traditions and styles. Students are required and encouraged to explore dance from cultures and/or traditions distant from their areas of familiarity"
External assessment (150 teaching hours) 60% Composition and analysis (90 teaching hours) 35 % Three dance works composed by the student; total presentation of 8–15 minutes, submitted on DVD (20 marks) An analytical statement of no more than 1,000 words, documenting and reflecting upon the processes of composition and analysis of one of the dances (5 marks) including an analysis and evaluation of connections made (5 marks). Dance investigation (60 teaching hours) 25% A formal written report, no more than 2,500 words, analysing the similarities and differences between two dance styles drawn from different dance cultures and/or traditions, one of which is familiar to the student and one unfamiliar. The report must include an in-depth comparative discussion of one short excerpt from each dance culture and/or tradition (25 marks)
"Internal assessment (90 teaching hours) This component is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course.
Performance 40% Two or three dances (solo/duet/group but at least one must be a solo or a duet) in any style or styles, performed by the student to show proficiency and expressive ability
to the dance, presented at an open showing; total presentation of 6–9 minutes (at least half of which must be devoted to solo and/or duet work), submitted on DVD (20 marks). Short programme notes (2 marks)"
GCSE Dance at Grade 6 and above. External experience of extra curricular and vocational Dance taken into account if not studied at KS4. Prior dance experience is very strongly recommended.
To study our International Baccalaureate Diploma you need to choose six subjects. Students also have timetabled sessions for Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Action & Service.
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Your time spent at Parkside Sixth will equip you with qualifications and experiences which will make you desirable candidates for a whole variety of Higher Educational and employment opportunities. Your learning mentor, the Careers Advisor and Head of Sixth will all be valuable sources of information and guidance regarding your next steps and their advice will be supported by resources in the library and common rooms.