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Qualification: Dance GCSE
Examination Board: AQA
Dance is a powerful and expressive subject which encourages you to develop your creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity, whatever your previous experience in the subject. Dance gives you variation in your studies, allowing you to achieve through a variety of assessment methods.
At Hinckley Academy, we focus on contemporary dance initially to build your skills and knowledge. However, there are opportunities to create work in any style for both performance and choreography, providing it meets the assessment criteria.
Is this course right for you?
This course is right for you if you enjoy all aspects of dance and are able to perform to others. If you are an experienced dancer, this course will develop your ability to create your own choreography with a clearer understanding and application of the methods used in professional composition, plus a deeper understanding of dance appreciation. If you have little dance experience, this course is designed to allow you to develop your skills, so long as you are willing to learn.
What does this course involve?
There are three areas that you will develop-
Performance – You will develop and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills required to perform dance as a soloist and in a duet/trio. You will develop and demonstrate both your technical and expressive skills, necessary for an effective performance.
Choreography – You will develop your ability to create and structure dance material, based upon a stimulus. You will understand how to select appropriate accompaniment, choose dancers and refine dance material using choreographic devices.
Appreciation – You will develop your ability to use written communication, using appropriate terminology, to critically appreciate your own work and the professional set works. You will also understand safe practice and effective dance training.
What about controlled assessments and exams?
Controlled assessment (internally assessed) Performance and Choreography (60%) – Two performances, one solo and one group performance, both choreographed by your teacher, performed by you. One choreography, created by you.
Exam (externally assessed) Dance Appreciation (40%) – Written exam, one hour 30 minutes, based on your own practice in performance and choreography and the professional set works.
Progression opportunities (Sixth Form and beyond)
Dance is an indicator of confidence, ability to work as a team and creativity within a work environment. Moreover, students with a variety of GCSEs are desirable to sixth forms and colleges as they demonstrate a well-rounded student.
Dance at GCSE is an excellent transition into A Level Dance courses and related Performing Arts’ College courses. Dance GCSE could also lead to a career in the performing arts industries.
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