Students have the option to choose GCSE Dance in Key Stage 4; this follows the AQA exam board, which has 2 key components:
Dance is predominantly a practical course with the majority of lessons taking place in the dance studio. The course develops students’ knowledge and understanding of dance, and develops their physical, technical and expressive skills.
Students have to learn and perform 2 set phrases as a solo and a trio performance based on 2 different set phrases. They choreograph their own solo or group piece in the dance style of their choice.
The theory paper examines the students’ knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills and a critical appreciation of their own work. Students also study 6 professional works from a variety of dance styles such as contemporary, ballet, hip-hop, capoeira and samba.
Students who are keen to do Dance as an extra-curricular opportunity can do so by taking part in the many shows, concerts and productions that the Creative Arts faculty run each year. From musicals to talent shows and Christmas concerts, students are able to enjoy performing on the stage in a variety of dance styles.