A Level Dance develops students’ practical skills and their understanding of dance theory. We favour a practical approach to theory lessons with students learning repertoire from professional works and exploring set choreographers’ processes creatively, to develop their understanding of the set works and areas of study. The main style studied during the course is contemporary. Students will develop their technique and performance skills in this style. They will also learn the process and craft of choreography. The elements of the course are as follows:
Component 1: Performance and choreography worth 50% of the A level
- Students must perform a solo linked to a specified practitioner within an area of study. This will be choreographed by the teachers and examined through a practical exam.
- Students must perform in a quartet . This will be choreographed by the teachers with creative input from the students and examined through a practical exam.
- Students must devise their own group choreography based on a stimulus provided by the exam board. This will be assessed as a practical exam.
Component 2: Critical engagement worth 50% of the A level
Students will develop knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works. This is assessed through a written exam comprising of short answer questions and essay questions.
Students must have enthusiasm for performing and choreography. They need to have the self confidence to perform solo work. They must have good organisation skills and be able to work well independently and as part of a team.
Ideally they will have at least a merit grade in level 2 BTEC Performing Arts or grade 5 or above n GCSE Dance. We will also consider students with other relevant practical dance experience.
This course is perfect for students who want to develop their creative and performance skills, alongside life skills such as team working, communication and problem solving. All of these are sought after skills by higher education and employers and will help students stand out in the workplace whatever their choice of career. Students must have the ability to work independently and manage time and resources effectively. They will need to write extended analytical answers so must be confident in expressing their thoughts and opinions in writing.
Where could this course take you?
The course would lead into higher education opportunities, such as studying Dance or Performing Arts. It could also lead to careers in performing, choreography, production design, theatre management, teaching, community dance or dance therapy. It’s a brilliant subject to develop life skills vital to any career such as team work, communication, time management, organisation and self confidence.
What our students say
- “A Level Dance has not only enhanced my practical ability, but given me a deep understanding into dance companies and contextual analysis. The course nurtures you to develop your individual style and the teachers push you to reach your full potential. Without this course I don’t think I would have had the confidence to apply for vocational dance courses at universities.”- HM, Leaver
- “A level Dance has given me a wide range of knowledge and understanding of a variety of different aspects within the history of Dance. Dance is no longer just ‘movement’; it is an art that is deeply embedded into the workings of choreography.”- CE, Leaver