Ms Fulham-Brown Head of Department
The Dance department offers high quality dance provision throughout the school curriculum. We are fortunate enough to have fantastic dance facilities and we are a subject in which results are consistently outstanding. Lessons have a predominantly practical focus and are designed to ensure all students are challenged and able to achieve their full potential. We also strive to raise the profile of dance as an academic subject. Students are expected to discuss, analyse, debate and write about dance and so become versatile performers and thinking dancers. We encourage students to develop their creative thinking skills via a variety of choreographic and performance opportunities. We believe that students benefit from a holistic dance education whereby learning takes place within and beyond the school environment.
Key Stage 4
Critical Appreciation of Dance (written exam) 20%
Students study professional dance works, analysing constituent features such as action, space, dynamics, costume, lighting and themes.
Set Dance (practical exam) 20%
All GCSE dance students from across the country perform one of two dances set by the exam board.
Performance in a Duo/Group (practical exam) 20%
Students collaborate with their teacher to create either a duet or a group performance piece.
Solo composition 15%
Students must create a solo dance based on a set professional work.
Solo/duo/group choreography 25%
Students must choreograph either a solo, duet or group choreography which they may or may not choose to perform in. This is based on a choice of stimuli and a written programme note supports students’ choreographic intentions.
BTEC Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts (Dance)
BTEC is a vocational qualification designed to equip students with skills required within the working world. BTEC dance is continually assessed with no formal exam at the end of the course. It is therefore essential that students work consistently throughout the course as they are assessed in a variety of areas such as technical proficiency, self-discipline, performance skills, creative contribution, research skills and collaboration.
Students complete three units on this course. These are:
Unit 4: Dance Skills. In this unit students develop their physical and interpretive skills and keep a record of their ongoing progress and target setting.
Unit 2: Preparation, production and performance. In this unit students work as a dance company to research and explore ideas for a performance piece. They are assessed in rehearsals and during a live performance.
Unit 1: Individual Showcase. This unit is externally assessed and includes a controlled written assessment and 2 solo performances.