Dance


How long does it last? Two years
Course Code: AQA 7237
Exam Board: AQA (http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/dance/as-and-a-level/dance-7237)

Students who take this course:
Students will be dedicated to learning more about all aspects of dance. They will have chances to choreograph, analyse and perform dances. It is advantageous, though not essential, to have previous experience of dance such as GCSE or BTEC Performing Arts. Extra-curricular experience of dance, particularly Contemporary Dance, will also benefit students.

Course Description:
On this course, students will study:

  • Regular practical technique classes focusing mainly on a range of Contemporary Dance styles
  • Performance skills for the dancer
  • Choreography
  • Dance history and its context
  • Anatomy of movement, diet, injury prevention and safe studio practice
  • Dance analysis, appreciation of Dance as an art form.

A Level Dance Overview

Component 1: Performance and Choreography

  • Solo performance which is linked to a specific practitioner within an area of study
  • Performance in a quartet
  • Group Choreography

Practical Exam: 50% of A Level

Component 2: Critical Engagement

  • Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of:
  • One compulsory set work within an area of study (Rooster by Christopher Bruce, 1991, within the area of study of Rambert Dance Company)
  • One optional set work within an area of study (Sutra by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, 2008, within the area of study of the Independent Contemporary Dance Scene in Britain 2000-current)

Written Exam: 50% of A Level, 2 ½ hours

Students of A Level dance must be prepared to work independently and creatively, both in terms of research and choreographic rehearsals. This A Level is demanding but also incredibly rewarding.