Why choose GCSE Dance?
- promotes fitness, a healthy lifestyle, team working and creativity
- actively engages students in the process of dance in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
- develops students' skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of dance styles through the interrelated processes of performing, creating and appreciating dances
- develops physical, technical and expressive skills through which students are able to communicate choreographic intention and develop their individual qualities as performers
- develops students' skills, knowledge and understanding of choreography through which they are able to communicate ideas, thoughts and meaning drawn from a range of dance styles
- develops a critical appreciation of dance in its physical, artistic, aesthetic and cultural contexts
- provides progression and a solid foundation for further studies in dance or performing arts, including A-level Danceand the Creative and Media Diploma, and/or a career in performing arts.
You will learn to perform, choreograph, direct and analyse dance.
As a performer, you will develop confidence and self-esteem, as well as sensitivity to others and team working skills.
As a choreographer (and director), you will use the skills of creativity and problem solving to come up with some imaginative ideas for dances.
As a critic (analysing dance), you will be able to make informed decisions about the dances you see.
Unit 1: Critical appreciation Students answer questions on two professional works, chosen from a list.
Unit 2: Performance of a set dance Students perform in a dance for 2, 3, 4 or 5 dancers, lasting 3–3½ minutes. Every student dances for at least 2 minutes within the piece. Assessment includes marks for demonstration of knowledge of safe practice.
Unit 3: Choreography (controlled assessment) – 40% Students create both a solo composition (15%) and a group dance (25%)