Dance

Year 9

Year 9

As the current Year 9 Dance students will be completing the newly reformed GCSE’s in 2018, students are completing a number of preparatory projects and skills-based lessons. This will give them all the necessary subject-specific and study skills to maximise their potential in Key Stage 4.

The course is predominantly practically based and allows students to develop a range of dance specific skills including performance, choreography and critical appreciation. The course enables students to experience different cultural influences and styles of dance.

Successful completion of the course will provide the ideal basis for any student wishing to pursue a career in the performance, choreography, instruction and teaching of dance.

Key Information

  • Exam Board: AQA
  • Lessons per week: 2 sessions

Examination Details

Component 1 – Performance and Choreography

  • Total component 60%
  • Internally marked and externally moderated.

Performance

  • Worth 30% of GCSE
  • 40 marks (15 marks for set phrases and 25 marks for duet/trio performance)

Choreography

  • 30% of GCSE
  • 40 marks

Component 2 – Dance Appreciation

  • 40% of GCSE
  • Written exam

What’s assessed?

  • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
  • Critical appreciation of own work
  • Critical appreciation of professional works

How it’s assessed

  • Questions will be based on students’ own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology
Autumn 1 Developing technical performance skills

Exploring actions, space and dynamics

Developing balance, co-ordination, control and flexibility.

Autumn 2 Developing expressive performance skills

Expressive skills such as musicality, dance relationships and choreographic intent will be explored through a range of different dance styles such as: Street/Urban dance, Indian dance, Jazz/Musical Theatre.

Spring 1 Expressive performance skills continued…

Expressive skills such as projection, sensitivity to other and characterisation will be explored through dance styles such as Ballet, Capoeira and Contemporary dance.

Spring 2 Introduction to Stimuli representation

Students will develop their ability to generate original and creative choreography which is inspired by stimuli selected from a range of sources.

Summer 1 Exploring professional works

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of professional works 1 and 2 through a combination of practical and theory lessons.

Summer 2 Exploring professional works continued

Students will explore in detail the content of professional works 3 and 4 through a combination of practical and theory lessons.

Year 10 and 11

Year 10 and 11

Students are currently following the AQA GCSE Dance Specification. The course is predominantly practical based and allows students to develop a range of dance specific skills including performance, choreography and critical appreciation. The course enables students to experience different cultural influences and styles of dance.

Successful completion of the course will provide the ideal basis for any student wishing to pursue a career in the performance, choreography, instruction and teaching of dance.

Key Information

  • Exam Board: AQA
  • Lessons per week: 2 sessions

Examination Details

  • Unit 1: Critical appreciation of dance (Written Exam)
  • Unit 2: Set Dance (Practical Exam)
  • Unit 3: Performance (Controlled Assessment)
  • Unit 4a: Motif Development Choreography (Controlled assessment)
  • Unit 4b: Solo or Group Choreography (Controlled Assessment)

Year 10

Autumn 1 Unit 3 – Introduction and development

Inspired by professional dance work ‘Perfect’ by Kevin Finnan

Demonstrating technical and expressive performance skills within a group dance.

Autumn 2 Unit 3 – Continued

Perfect technical and expressive skills within a group dance.

Spring 1 Unit 4a – Introduction to Motif Development

Inspired by professional dance work ‘Rosas Danst Rosas’ by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker.

Students will select and develop three motifs to create an effective solo piece of choreography.

Spring 2 Unit 4a – Completion of Controlled Assessment

Explore choreographic devices such as: structure, highlights, climax, variety, and accompaniment.

Summer 1 Unit 4b Preparation – Introduction to Stimuli Representation

Students will develop and showcase their independence and creativity in exploring a range of stimuli from which to develop imaginative choreographic responses.

Students will draw upon stimuli such as: poems; books; photographs; art work (2D and 3D); features of the natural world etc. in preparation to begin their Unit 4b choreography controlled assessment.

Summer 2 Unit 4b – Completion

Students will select an appropriate stimulus which evokes an engaging and imaginative response.

Motif creation and development

Application of choreographic devices

Develop effective and concise supporting notes for their 4b controlled assessment in readiness for moderation.

 

Year 11

Autumn 1 Perfect and further develop Unit 3
Autumn 2 Perfect and further develop Unit 4b
Spring 1 Perfect and further develop Unit 4a
Spring 2 Perfect Unit 2 – Film Practical Exam

·         Worth 20% of final grade

Review professional works.

Rehearse, reflect and perfect practical pieces.

Summer 1 Final preparation of practical controlled assessment pieces for moderation in April/May

·         Worth a total of 60% of final grade.

 

Develop exam technique and revision techniques.

Summer 2 Written Exam – Dance Appreciation

·         Worth 20% of overall grade.

 

To find out more information about this course, you can email dance@heathpark.net.