GCSE Dance gives you the opportunity to develop a huge variety of skills, ranging from developing your own self-confidence to co-ordinating and directing your own group of dancers.  Your time on the course will enable you to become disciplined and skilled in an art form that you enjoy and allow your creativity to run wild!  If you enjoy watching, performing or creating dance in any style – you will have fun on this course.

What will you do?

The majority of lessons will be practical although there will be short blocks of the course where students are required to complete a written project and theory work. The practical lessons will include a mixture of performance, choreographic and analytical tasks in a wide range of dance styles, both in groups and individually.

Students will watch professional companies and choreographers and learn how dancers become successful.  With performance being a compulsory part of the course, students will be required to be involved in extra-curricular dance club and performance evenings.  Prior to practical exams extra rehearsals will be scheduled for students’ benefit.

Students will learn to critically evaluate their own work and that of different professional works which will be studied throughout the course. Pupils following this course must expect to be involved in any school dance performances, e.g., in assemblies or Performing Arts Shows which may include additional rehearsals out of school hours.

Are there trips or visiting professionals?

Yes – during the course you will need to attend a live dance performance and work with dance professionals. These experiences will help in the preparation of the written paper and the practical exam.

The Examination

Examination Level:  GCSE
Examination Group: AQA
Written Examination Value: 40%

Component 1: Performance and Choreography

Performance

  • Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration)
  • Duet/trio performance (three and a half minutes in duration)
  • 30% of GCSE
  • 40 marks (15 marks for set phrases and 25 marks for duet/trio performance)

Choreography

  • Solo or group choreography – a solo (two to two and a half minutes) or a group dance for two to five dancers (three to three and a half minutes)
  • 30% of GCSE
  • 40 marks

How it’s assessed

  • Internally marked and externally moderated
  • Total component 60%

Component 2: Dance appreciation

  • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
  • Critical appreciation of own work
  • Critical appreciation of professional works

How it’s assessed

  • 40% of GCSE
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks

Questions

  • Based on students’ own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology

Students study

The majority of lessons will be practical although there will be short blocks of the course where you are required to complete a written project and theory work. The practical lessons will include a mixture of performance, choreographic and analytical tasks in a wide range of dance styles, both in groups and individually.

You will watch professional companies and choreographers and learn how dancers become successful.   With performance being a compulsory part of the course, you will be required to be involved in extra-curricular dance club and performance evenings. Prior to your practical exams extra rehearsals will be scheduled for your benefit.

Students will learn to critically evaluate their own work and that of different professional works which will be studied throughout the course. Pupils following this course must expect to be involved in any school dance performances e.g. in assemblies or Performing Arts Shows which may include additional rehearsals out of school hours.

Career Value

  • This course focuses on the aesthetic and artistic qualities of dance and the symbolic use of movement to express and communicate ideas and concepts through the interrelated processes of performance, choreography and appreciation
  • You will develop creative, imaginative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacities
  • They can choose any style to perform and choreograph in, providing it meets the assessment criteria
  • The study of the anthology of professional works will develop their ability to critically appraise dances of different styles and cultural influences and provides a springboard for engaging practical tasks
  • Dance gives you the opportunity to develop a huge variety of skills, ranging from developing your own self- confidence to co-ordinating and directing your own group of dancers
  • Your time on the course will enable you to become disciplined and skilled in an art form that you enjoy and allow your creativity to run wild!  If you enjoy watching, performing or creating dance in any style – you will have fun on this course