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GCSE Dance

GCSE Dance (AQA)

The Dance GCSE course is suitable for students who have an interest or passion for Dance. GCSE Dance is a fresh and vibrant specification which includes popular performance and choreography, alongside a diverse and accessible professional works to engage and inspire students. All 3 stands of performance, composition and appreciation have been introduced to students at Key Stage 3. At GCSE they build in complexity and are developed further. 

What will I be studying?       

During the GCSE Dance course, students will study three key components:  

  • Performing: Students will develop their own personal performance through improving physical, technical and expressive skills. Students will perform a choreographed and set solo as well as a group performance. 
  • Composing: Students will learn how to choreograph and create their own dances. Students will work on producing creative and original movement material. 
  • Appreciating: Students will learn how to describe, interpret and evaluate both their own and professional dance work. Students will study a number of professional works in a range of dance styles such as; Contemporary, Hip Hop, inclusive dance and site-specific performance. 

The students wanting to take GCSE Dance need to have a passion for dance, enjoy performing and enjoy been creative and imaginative. 

Assessment

Practical:

  • Performance 
    • Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration). 
    • Duet/trio performance (minutes in a dance, which is a maximum of five minutes in duration). 
    • 30% of GCSE - Non-exam assessment (NEA) marked by the centre and moderated by AQA
  • Choreography 
    • Solo or group choreography – a solo (two to two and a half minutes) or a group dance for two to five dancers (three to three and a half minutes).
    • 30% of GCSE - Non-exam assessment (NEA) marked by the centre and moderated by AQA

Theory:

  • Dance appreciation
    • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills. 
    • Critical appreciation of own work. 
    • Critical appreciation of professional works.
    • 40% of GCSE - Written exam:1 Hour 30 Minutes

Post 16 Opportunities 

AS and A-level Dance are both offered at Sixth Form under the same exam board – AQA. The GCSE course leads nicely into AS and A-Level Dance similar skills are built upon and the complexity of the practical work increases. However, this course offers much more. It will create imaginative, creative, expressive, confident young people, all skills that will be transferable in the world of work and life. There are many possible careers within the Dance industry that GCSE Dance can prepare students for.: Performer, choreographer, teacher, dance journalist, dance movement therapist, dance filmmaker, dance project coordinator, dance press and public relations officer, costume/set designer and dance photographer.