Curriculum subject: Dance2018-05-09T11:45:13+00:00

Dance

Subject Leader

Mrs A Arnold.

Email: a.arnold@cwlc.email

Members of the department

Miss L Brown

About Our Subject

Dance at CWLC is highly celebrated with exceptional performances and first rate dance teaching in a friendly and supportive environment. The variety of dance offered allows every child to develop and flourish in their own unique way. We encourage all students to take part in dance, recognising it as a rigorous and exciting discipline, but more importantly a channel for every individual to build confidence and self-expression and exceed expectations beyond their dreams.

Dance Yr 7 AWL

Dance Yr 8 AWL

Single sex gender groups in Years 7-9 participate in creative and educational dance classes based on a variety of dance genres, styles and themes. These classes are fun, encouraging freedom of expression by exploring physical skills and basic composition through task led improvisation and choreographic exercises . Whilst we focus on developing dance technique, we also create schemes of work which help to unlock creative potential, develop confidence and resilience. Many of the schemes of work are cross curricular and educate the whole child. For example our Cultures scheme of work takes the students on a geographical journey around the world, exploring the background and culture of countries such as Greece, Ireland, Cuba, Africa and India. We learn about the history and genre of dance from each country and embody the stylistic qualities from each discipline.

Year 7 and 8 participate in creative and educational dance classes based on a variety of dance genres, styles and themes. These classes are fun, encouraging freedom of expression by exploring physical skills and basic composition through task led improvisation and choreographic exercises. Whilst we focus on developing dance technique, we also create schemes of work which help to unlock creative potential, develop confidence and resilience. Many of the schemes of work are cross curricular and educate the whole child. For example our Cultures scheme of work takes the students on a geographical journey around the world, exploring the background and culture of countries such as Greece, Ireland, Cuba, Africa and India. We learn about the history and genre of dance from each country and embody the stylistic qualities from each discipline.

Students are given the choice to study dance as one of their options in year 9. This is an extremely exciting opportunity to be part of a passionate group with likeminded students who share the same interest and skills in dance. Whilst exploring elements of the GCSE course in preparation for year 10, we also study a variety of dance styles to give the students a broader spectrum of dance training. Whilst honing in on technique we aim to develop the student’s choreographic skills by unlocking their creative potential. Throughout the year, the students will take part in performance platforms and will be taken to the theatre or alternative professional dance venue.

AQA GCSE Dance
Component 1: Performance and choreography
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)
How it’s assessed

Internally marked and externally moderated
Performance
30% of GCSE
40 marks
Choreography
30% of GCSE
40 marks
Total component 60%

Component 2: Dance appreciation

Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
Critical appreciation of own work
Critical appreciation of professional works
How it’s assessed

40% of GCSE
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
80 marks
Questions

Based on students’ own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology.

AQA A Level Dance is an academic course which looks at both the theory and practice of dance. There is a high level of performance and choreography throughout the course. Key choreographers and practitioners are studied in depth and technical and performance skills are developed to an exceptional level. Theoretical knowledge of a dancers training is considered and safe practice as a performer is studied in detail. You will engage with the process of choreography and study the production elements of dance performance. The area’s of study will give you an in depth knowledge of the key developments of dance within a specific context.

Component 1: Performance and choreography
What’s assessed

Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner within an area of study
Performance in a quartet
Group choreography
How it’s assessed

Practical exam
80 marks
50% of A-level
Component 2: Critical engagement
What’s assessed

Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works.
One compulsory set work within the compulsory area of study
One optional set work within the corresponding area of study, from a choice of four.
How it’s assessed

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
100 marks
50% of A-level
Questions

Two sections:
Section A: short answer questions (25 marks) and one essay question (25 marks) on the compulsory set work/area of study.
Section B: two essay questions on the second set work/area of study (25 marks for each essay).