Curriculum Leader: Mrs R Wheatley
What will be studied?
In year 7 and 8 Dance is taught within the PE curriculum and in year 9 by a subject specialist within a Performing Arts carousel. All students have the opportunity to learn the skills required to perform, evaluate, refine and choreograph in preparation for the GCSE and A Level courses, but they will also build important skills such as cooperation, time management and resilience.
Dancers will learn some basic dance skills and then study a professional work which focuses on Characterisation.
Dancers will learn about dance relationships in terms of pattern and shape of small and large groups. Again the work will be linked to professional dance works, such as Emancipation of Expressionism, Boy Blue Company.
Performing Arts Carousel- in year 9 students will have 2 lessons a week over the year and will rotate between Dance, Drama, Music and Performing arts technology - where students will learn to use app’s to create music, how to use stage lighting, basic set and costume design and sound editing.
The work will culminate in a group project in the summer term where students can show off their new skills.
Exam Board: AQA
Specification No: 7237
At A Level students will continue to study the 3 areas of Performance, Choreography and Critical Engagement.
This is done through areas of study where students learn in depth about specific era’s of dance development. In addition to individual and group performance and choreography.
Component 1: Performance and Choreography
What is assessed:
- Solo Performance
- Performance in a quartet
- Group Choreography - where the individual choreographer is assessed.
How it is assessed:
- Practical exam
- 80 marks
- 50% of the A Level
- External set tasks are distributed by 15th September in the academic year of certification. NEA assessed by an external assessor from AQA during a visit to the centre, between March and May.
Component 2: Dance Appreciation
- Written paper - 40% of the total GCSE (1 ½ hour) = 80 marks
- Students answer questions on 8 professional works.
- Critical appreciation of own work
- Critical appreciation of professional works
- Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
What websites would you recommend?
BBC Bitesize and AQA for past papers
What equipment should my child have?
School PE kit, dance wear, or other appropriate leotard and leggings in plain black.
Why Dance at St Albans Girls’ School?
This course is taught by experienced and skilled dance practitioners, with experience in the world of both Dance and Performance. Participants become skilled performers, writers and choreographers in addition there are many opportunities at Stags to perform alongside highly skilled performers and also leadership opportunities to lead clubs and rehearsals, as well as choreograph for performances and shows.
Expectations of students:
GCSE Dance will be an advantage, but it is not essential. Visits to a wide variety of theatre performances are not a requirement for this course, however we run regular theatre visits which are really advantageous.
What skills are recommended?
Students taking A-Level Drama require both performance, analytical and evaluative skills and, of course, a love of the dance!
Dance A Level is bot a vocational course it is an academic qualification which is linked to a practical area of study as such it often leads to a further study of Dance, choreography or critical writing Degree courses, but can also be a strong subsidiary course to support other arts based degree courses or simply as a source of UCAS points for many of the courses.
An A Level in Dance is beneficial to all professions such as Teaching, Social Work, Therapist, Civil Service, Journalism, Business, Advertising, Marketing, Retail, Hospitality & Catering and Media.
The Creative Arts Industries are one of the biggest and most successful industries in the UK and an A Level in Dance can lead to a wide ranging career in TV, Film and Theatre including:
Dancer, Choreographer, Stage Manager, TV Floor Manager, Designer (set, costume, lighting, sound), Dance Therapy, Dance teacher, Studio owner, Arts Administrator, Arts/ Dance Producer, Costume Maker/Dresser, Press & Publicity Officer, Marketing Officer, Theatre Producer and Arts Journalist.