“To touch, to move, to
inspire – this is the true gift of dance.” AUBREY LYNCH
The study of dance is active, physically
demanding, intellectually stimulating and fun. This course places significant emphasis on practical dance work, as well as on the analysis of professional choreography. Exploring the work of some of the foremost names in dance will lead to an understanding of their techniques and how to apply them to your own creative work, developing your confidence as an inspired choreographer.
You will develop your technique,
expand your movement vocabulary, and explore your performance skills through regular productions. Additionally, you
will improve your collaborative and communication skills, and learn how to write analytically.
Trips to the theatre to see live
performances, workshops from visiting practitioners, and a range of additional practical opportunities, are an exciting and enriching part of the course. The A level is crucial in preparing you for degree or vocational dance courses but is also ideal if you have a love of dance and wish to develop your skills. This is a highly practical course with dance and creative work at the heart of the lessons
“The way the Dance course is taught,
with theory being integrated into the practical, meant it was the subject I was most confident in.” HELEN, Dance student.
Performance and Choreography (practical = 50% of marks)
- Solo performance (linked to a specific practitioner within an area of study).
- Group Performance (in one of a range of styles).
- Group choreography (students choreograph a piece on other dancers).
Critical Engagement (theory = 50% of marks)
Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of a compulsory set work and its location within a corresponding area of study. Written exam.
- Area of study: Rambert Dance Company 1996-2002.
- Set work: Rooster, Christopher Bruce.
Plus: a second area of study and set work to be chosen from:
- The romantic ballet period.
- The origins of American modern dance 1900-1945.
- American Jazz Dance 1940-1975.
- The independent contemporary dance scene in Britain 2000 to present.
GCSE grade 6 in English (Language or Literature) . Must also have minimum grade 6 or Merit in Dance, if studied
Minimum Entry Admissions Score applies