Dance - AS/A2 AQA
Why choose Dance?
The Dance course is challenging and lively with a good balance between theoretical and practical work. You will explore a range of topics including dance appreciation, choreography, and performance. There will also be the opportunity to see and evaluate professional dance works.
What can I expect to learn?
During the course you will develop skills as both a choreographer and performer. You will utilise these skills when choreographing several dance pieces based on suggested themes. You will also develop your understanding of anatomy a ndthe lifestyle of a dancer.
How will I learn?
The course will be delivered through a balance of practical and theory lessons. Practical lessons will focus on dance technique, performance skills and choreography. Theory lessons will focus on dance appreciation, anatomy and thelifestyle of a dancer.
How will I be assessed?
AS Level Dance (first year)
- Practical Coursework - 60% of AS Level marks
- Solo Choreography and Performance
- Performance in a duo/trio
- Written Paper 40% of AS Level marks
- Structured and essay style questions will be set on the dancer as a performer, the process and craft of choreography and the significance of dances.
A2 Level Dance (second year)
- Practical Examination - 25% of total A-Level
- Group Choreography
- Solo Performance
- Written Examination - 25% of total A-Level
- Investigating one area of study from - ballet, modern dance or jazz dance.
- Critical analysis and appreciation of one set work from a choice of three.
What subjects combine well with Dance?
Dance combines well with drama, theatre studies and P.E. as well as most subjects from the arts and humanities.
Where does this lead? What can I do next?
This course is ideal for students wishing to pursue a career or further education in dance or the wider performing arts industry.
What background, skills and achievements do I need?
The study of dance at GCSE is helpful but not required. However you should have some dance experience as well as energy, enthusiasm and a commitment to be part of a team. Where dance has been studies at GCSE a minimum of a grade C will be required. You must be prepared to dance in front of others.
"To dance is to be out of yourself - larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking."
Agnes de Mille