GCSE Dance is a subject where students can achieve and enjoy. Dance not only allows students to access specialist learning about performance, choreography and analysis of dance, but will also focus on developing self-expression and communication, enhancing creativity, encouraging co-operation and developing confidence.
The course is for students who are keen to perform, choreograph, develop their understanding of dance styles, like to work practically, are committed and enthusiastic and are willing to share ideas. Students will also develop their ability to express their ideas and perform to an audience in a range of dance styles including contemporary, ballet and commercial.
Brookfield has a strong Dance heritage and there will be plenty of opportunities for students to be involved in co-curricular clubs and performances, both at school and in the wider community. As well as specialist learning in school, students will have the opportunity of experiencing productions and workshops with external professionals.
To succeed in GCSE Dance students need three things:
- Willingness to work hard
In order to achieve well students will need to work co-operatively in a variety of groups as well as independently. They will develop their analytical writing through supported practice in lessons and independent homework tasks. They must also be prepared to spend time outside lessons rehearsing for Component 1.
Component 1: Performance and Choreography
Practical examination – 60% of the qualification
Performance (40marks) – a solo performance of set phrases and a duo/trio performance
Choreography (40marks) – to choreograph a solo/group dance using a stimulus
This component is marked internally and externally moderated
Component 2: Dance Appreciation
40% of the qualification
Written Exam (80 marks) of 1hour 30minutes
Students will be required to show their understanding of choreographic process, performance skills, evaluating their work and analysis of specific dance works set by AQA.
This component is marked externally
Further Education and Career Opportunities:
GCSE Dance can lead on to ‘A’ level Dance, Level 3 BTECs at college or professional training. As well as creative and performing careers, GCSE Dance is equally valuable in careers involving working with people and thinking creatively to solve problems; such as journalism, teaching, law, nursing or business management.