KS4

In Year 9 pupils follow a foundation course which prepares them for the AQA GCSE Dance syllabus in Year 10.

GCSE Dance helps students develop technical and expressive skills as well as knowledge and understanding of dance through performance, choreography and critical appreciation of dance. 

This four unit specification enables students to:

  • Increase their confidence and self-esteem
  • Employ the skills of problem solving and creativity
  • Make knowledgeable decisions about dances

Pupils have the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of dance as choreographer, performer and critic through:

  • Applying and adapting a wide range of skills and techniques effectively in performing and choreographing dance, including the ability to improve
  • Creating dances for a range of purposes and in response to different stimuli
  • Developing the ability to analyse, evaluate and appreciate dance.

Pupils will also appreciate the contribution of dance to their personal and social health, fitness and wellbeing and be aware of the range of opportunities and pathways available in dance.

Professional works

Students will have the opportunity to study some of the following professional works:

  • Ghost Dances by Christopher Bruce
  • Nutcracker! by Matthew Bourne
  • Perfect by Motionhouse
  • Rosas Danst Rosas by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker
  • “Still Life” at the Penguin Café, David Bintley

Assessment Objectives

Students are assessed in the following:

  • AO1   Recall, select and communicate their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of dance performance and choreography
  • AO2 Apply skills, knowledge and understanding to communicate choreographic/artistic intention through dance performance
  • AO3 Analyse and evaluate dance to bring about improvement

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KS5

Practical

3.2 Unit 2 DANC2 Choreography and Performance

Experience of choreography and performance through practice is central to this unit. The subject content of this unit is clearly linked to the theoretical subject content of Unit 1. It is strongly advised that candidates keep a choreographic journal in order to assist theoretical understanding.

Solo choreography and performance

Candidates are required to choreograph and perform a solo dance, between two and three minutes’ duration. Questions are set and pre-released by AQA in November preceding the examination, and the candidate selects one for study.

Performance in a duo/trio

Presentation of the duo/trio can be in any dance genre or style but it must enable the candidate to address all of the assessment criteria. The dance should be between three and four minutes in duration and will be performed once, allowing the teacher to assess each duo/trio in one viewing.

Theory

Unit 1 DANC1 Understanding Dance 

Knowledge and understanding of performance and choreography are central to this unit. The unit links directly to the practical presentations of Unit 2. The study of professional repertoire underpins the candidate’s study of choreographic approaches, processes, form, structure and effective outcomes.

Advanced Level Dance Subject Content

Practical

Unit 4 DANCE Group Choreography and Solo Performance

Experience of choreography and performance through practice is central to this unit. It allows the candidate to develop and extend understanding and skills experienced in Unit 2 of the AS award and there are direct links to the theoretical subject content of Unit 3.

A question paper is issued annually in the Autumn term, with a choice of questions for the group dance. Candidates answer two questions, one on group choreography and one on solo performance. The group choreography is performed by 3, 4 or 5 dancers and is 2 to 3 minutes in duration. The solo performance lasts for 2 to 3 minutes.

Theory

3.3 Unit 3 DANCE Dance Appreciation: Content and Context

This unit requires the candidate to demonstrate an understanding of the development of dance through the study of the context in which dances are presented and from which they are derived, together with a critical appreciation of practitioners and their works. 

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Extra Curricular Opportunities

  • Weekly dance club
  • Local theatre visits
  • Performances at local events
  • Workshops with professional dancers and resident choreographers in the area
  • Annual ‘Evening of Dance’
  • Performances to Key Stage 3 students
  • Opportunity to perform in school musicals
  • Collaborations with the Music and Drama Departments
  • Breaking Waves performance

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The Folkestone School for Girls

Coolinge Lane

Folkestone, Kent

CT20 3RB United Kingdom

 

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