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Dance

A-Level

The A-level Dance specifications reflect both historical and current dance practices, making them highly relevant, and inspiring a lifelong passion and appreciation for dance.

Students will study the history of Rambert Dance Company and the current Independent Contemporary Dance scene in Britain. This will be assessed in the form of a written exam in the summer.

Over Year 1 students will learn about the process of choreography and develop their performance skills. As part of this they will choreograph their own solo based on one of four given questions. They will also learn a duet/ trio where they will be assessed on their performance skills.

For the Year 2 A-Level Course, students will build on Year 1 knowledge and look at two professional works.

They will also choreograph a group dance for 3-5 performers, perform as part of a quartet and perform a solo in the style of a given practitioner.

For both year 1 and 2 there are both practical and theoretical strands that have one exam in each.

Year 12

In Year 12 you will learn about the history of Rambert Dance Company since 1966, studying 2 practitioners in detail. You will also study the Independent Contemporary Dance Scene 2000+.

Alongside this you will have practical classes in technique, performance and choreography that will lead to a performance in a duet in any style you would like, and a choreography of a solo from an exam paper.

Year 13

In Year 13 you will build on your knowledge of Rambert and the Independent Contemporary Dance Scene through adding professional works ‘Rooster’ by Christopher Bruce and ‘Sutra’ by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

For the practical side of the course you will perform a quartet and learn performance skills in this that will link to your areas of study. You will learn about the principles of choreography and apply these to a group piece that you will choreograph to 3-5 dancers and perform a solo in the style of a chosen practitioner suitable to your style.

50% practical and 50% theory.

Theory Questions: (2 hour exam)

Three sections:

  • Section A: short answer questions on own practice (15 marks).
  • Section B: short answer questions on the compulsory area of study (15 marks).
  • Section C: two essay questions on both areas of study – compulsory essay (25 marks) and an essay from a choice of four (25 marks).

Practical: (Live Exam)

  • Solo performance and Choreography
  • Duet performance

Over the two years we will go on theatre trips to a variety of different performances linking to the theoretical content alongside new and contemporary choreography to inspire your creative side.

MOVE IT Dance festival based in London is the biggest dance event in the UK hosting some of the biggest names in the Dance Industry from commercial and contemporary to hip hop and ballroom. As part of this trip students can take part in scouted classes, listen to talks with some of the major college and universities in the UK, watch performances from top class dancers and colleges as well as gather as many prospectuses and information about their future in the performing arts industry as possible.

For those who want to transfer their skills into cheerleading, we compete in the National Championships each March.

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Students achieving grade A* - C (Aug 2015)

Dance was a great choice of A-Level for me because it has a strong practical element. Throughout the course I studied a wide range of professional works and choreographers to gain knowledge on a variety of genres and styles. It inspired me to pursue my passion and I found the course enjoyable. It allowed me to create, choreograph and present my ideas to others. The dance studio is pretty immense too! Katie Chetham

FORMER SENIOR STUDENT AND ACADEMY AMBASSADOR

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