On the GCSE Dance course students will study:
Assessment is divided into 2 components:
Component 1: Performance and choreography
- 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)
The performance element of the course is worth 40 marks and forms 30% of the GCSE. It is internally marked and externally moderated.
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)
The choreography element of the course is worth 40 marks and forms 30% of the GCSE. It is internally marked and externally moderated.
Component 2: Dance Appreciation
Students are assessed on their:
- Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
- Critical appreciation of own work
Critical appreciation of professional works
The assessment is in the form of a written exam which is worth 80 marks and forms 40% of the GCSE.
Personal qualities required:
Students opting to take dance must be prepared to perform both individually and within a group. Students must also be prepared to perform in front of an audience and in a variety of different dance styles. Although the course involves a lot of practical work there are also written elements to the course.