Curriculum

DANCE

GCSE Dance is a comprehensive study of dance in its physical, artistic, aesthetic and cultural context.

In addition to helping students acquire subject knowledge, this specification promotes:

  • Fitness
  • A healthy lifestyle
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity

This course provides a solid foundation for a career in dance or performing arts and/or further studies in dance or performing arts, including A-level Dance.

Dance at KS4 (GCSE)
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Introduction to Dance

Physical skills and attributes

Technical skills, including:

  • Action content
  • Dynamic content
  • Spatial content
  • Relationship content
  • Timing content
  • Rhythmic content
  • Movement in a stylistically accurate way

One of the two set phrases for each student to perform as a soloist, from the choice of four set by AQA. The titles of the set phrases are as follows:

  • Breathe
  • Flux
  • Shift
  • Scoop
Expressive skills, including:

  • Projection
  • Focus
  • Spatial awareness
  • Facial expression
  • Phrasing

For duet/trio performances only:

  • Musicality
  • Sensitivity to other dancers
  • Communication of choreographic intent, including mood(s), meaning(s), idea(s), theme(s) and/or style/style fusion(s)

Pupils will also study:

  • Action content
  • Dynamic content
  • Spatial content
  • Relationship content
  • The process of choreography
  • Dance anthology – Three separate works.

One of the two set phrases for each student to perform as a soloist, from the choice of four set by AQA. The titles of the set phrases are as follows:

  • Breathe
  • Flux
  • Shift
  • Scoop
  • Duet/trio performance
  • Solo or group choreography – a solo or a group dance for two to five dancers
  • Dance anthology – three separate works
Assessment

Examination Board: AQA

Component 1 – Performance and Choreography
Overview Focus
Internally marked and externally moderated

Performance

  • 30% of GCSE
  • 40 marks

Choreography

  • 30% of GCSE
  • 40 marks

Total component 60%

Performance

  • Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration)
  • Duet/trio performance (three minutes in a dance which is a maximum of five minutes in duration)

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)
Component 2 – Dance Appreciation
Overview Focus
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 40% of GCSE
  • 80 marks
  • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
  • Critical appreciation of own work
  • Critical appreciation of professional works
Enrichment Offer

All pupils are given the opportunity to audition for the Academy annual production and also participate in a range of dance recitals throughout the year.

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