Sackville School


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%)