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GCSE Dance

General Information

Dance is fundamental for developing an individual’s creative, imaginative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacities. The study of Dance contributes to pupils‟ aesthetic and social development as it promotes fitness and wellbeing. During the course pupils will improve their confidence, self-esteem, body awareness, sensitivity to others and team working. Effective performance requires the candidate being able to Dance in front of an audience in both solo, duo and group work. It also requires physical effort, and the determination to succeed and improve. Pupils will be required to take on the role of a choreographer where they will need to employ the skills of creativity and problem solving. They will have to direct others and make informed decisions about the dances they see.

This GCSE also provides a route to studies in further and higher education in Dance, Performing Arts or PE as well as vocational or professional training and community activities. Pupils will learn techniques and performance pieces from a variety of different dance styles including Ballet, Contemporary and Modern. They will observe professional dance works and be expected to choreograph their dances using these ideas as their stimulus. Successful candidates will require:

  • The confidence to perform different Dance styles in front of an audience, and in front of an external moderator in exam conditions.
  • The maturity to wear correct Dance clothing and the ability to conduct themselves similar to that of a professional.
  • Creativity and imagination when taking on the role of a choreographer.
  • Leadership skills in order to teach Dance ideas to others.
  • It is recommended to have Dance experience outside of school in order to access the practical and technical criteria,

Expected Subject Content

The subject content will include both practical and theoretical lessons. Whilst the content has not been finalised, it is likely to include the following areas:

  • A Set Dance chosen from 6 Set Phrases.
  • A Duet or Trio based on the Set Phrases
  • A Performance in a Group
  • Individual Choreography
  • Written Paper focused on Dance Appreciation

Expected Assessment Requirements (1-9 Grades)

The assessment is likely to be split between a number of different practical performances and a written paper examination at the end of Year 11.