Pupils are able to study dance from Year 7 to Year 11 (optional from Year 9). GCSE Dance is a comprehensive study of dance in its physical, artistic, aesthetic and cultural context.

In addition to helping students acquire subject knowledge, this specification promotes:

  • Fitness
  • A healthy lifestyle
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity

This course provides a solid foundation for a career in dance or performing arts and/or further studies in dance or performing arts, including A-level Dance.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • Choreography
  • Rock and Roll
  • Street Dance
  • Contemporary dance
  • Swan song
  • Choreography

GCSE – Current Year 11 students only.  From Sept 2018, Year 9 students will study the new BTEC Technical Award in Performing Arts.

Year 10 Year 11

Expressive skills, including:

  • Projection
  • Focus
  • Spatial awareness
  • Facial expression
  • Phrasing

For duet/trio performances only:

  • Musicality
  • Sensitivity to other dancers
  • Communication of choreographic intent, including mood(s), meaning(s), idea(s), theme(s) and/or style/style fusion(s)

Technical skills, including:

  • Action content
  • Dynamic content
  • Spatial content
  • Relationship content

The process of choreography

Dance anthology – three separate works

Both set phrases for each student to perform as a soloist, from the choice of four set by AQA. The titles of the set phrases are as follows:

  • Breathe
  • Flux
  • Shift
  • Scoop

Students will continue to study two out of the six professional works

  • Duet/trio performance
  • Solo or group choreography – a solo or a group dance for two to five dancers
  • Dance anthology – study the final two pieces of professional work

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE Dance (8236)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in academy productions and participate in a range of dance performances throughout the year, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions, such as the UK Rock Challenge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.

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