The study of dance as an art form develops students’ understanding and appreciation of a range of dance styles. It also develops aesthetic and artistic sensibility to dance works. Students increase in confidence and self-esteem by developing the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to perform, choreograph and appreciate dance including an awareness of its artistic contexts.
This GCSE course looks at not only individual performance but also choreography, analysing performance, study of professional dance works, developing an understanding and appreciation of a range of dance styles. There are four units: 1) Critical appreciation of Dance; 2) Set Dance; 3) Performance in a duo / group dance related to a set professional dance work; 4) Choreography, solo and group dance.
Dance enables students to develop life-skills and attributes including decision making, critical and creative thinking, aesthetic sensitivity and the ability to cooperate with others. This qualification is a recognised part of the National Qualifications framework. Dance at GCSE level provides progression from Key Stage 3 to post-16 studies. It lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Performing Arts: Dance or related subjects. In addition it provides a worthwhile course for candidates from diverse backgrounds in terms of general education and lifelong learning.
The units studied are as follows:
- Unit 1 (20% of the final grade) is assessed by a 1 hour written paper.
- Unit 2 (20%) is assessed by a practical exam consisting of a 1–1½ minutes solo dance.
Units 3 (20%) and 4 (40%) are controlled assessments. For unit 3 you will perform in a dance (3–3½ minutes) for 2-5 dancers. Unit 4 consists of two tasks. The first task is a solo composition of 1–1½ minutes based on three motifs from any one of the prescribed professional works. For task two you must choreograph either a solo or group dance.