Course Leader:              Mrs Butcher
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“Dance uses movement symbollically as a fundamental form of human expression. It is both empowering and powerful as a form of non-verbal communication. The intrinsic value of dance is the development of creative, imaginative, physical and emotional and interlectual capacities. Dance is both physical and expressive- this is what makes it similar to and different from other art forms and physical activities.” AQA 2009.


Pupils have the chance to develop their physical skills as dancers as well as their confidence as performers and leaders both in the curriculum and through extra curricular opportunities.

Each child is encouraged to fullfull their potential through core lessons, GCSE Dance and extra-curricular opportunities. They have the opportunity to work alongside their peers and are encouraged to develop skills by rehearsing and performing with pupils in other year groups.

The school also has strong links with the regions largest dance organisation, DanceEast who are based at the Jerwood Dance House in Ipswich. Pupils are given the opportunity to get involved in performances, work shops and junior companies and are pin pointed towards the Dance East Academy if they show professional potential.


GCSE Dance


Examination Board:      AQA
Assessment:                    30% performance, 30% choreography, 40% written examination


What does the course involve?

You will study the following areas:

  • Critical appreciation of professional dance works
  • Professional choreographers including their styles and techniques with a strong focus on contemporary dance
  • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performance skills
  • Technical and expressive skills for dance performance
  • Choreography of solo and group dances
  • Performance 30%
  • Solo Performance-Performance of three set phrases showing action, dynamic and spatial accuracy
  • Performance of a duet or trio (3 ½ to 5mins) showing expressive skills
  • Choreography 30%
  • Create dance using a stimulus (solo 2  to  2 ½ mins / group 3 to 3 ½ mins)
  • Produce a ‘Choreographic log’ – showing how you have independently choreographed your dance.  This will include a ‘programme note’.
  • Written Exam 40%

Students need to be able to use written communication, and using appropriate terminology, to critically appreciate their own work and the professional set works in the GCSE Dance anthology.

The GCSE Dance anthology provides the focus for learning how to critically appreciate professional set works.  The Anthology consists of six short professional dance works, of between 10 and 30 minutes duration, choreographed by established and emerging artists in a range of styles and style fusions.  Students must study all eight works in their entirety and be prepared to describe, analyse, interpret, evaluate and reflect on the works in response to short answer and extended writing questions.

To critically appreciate their own work, students make analytical, interpretive and evaluative judgments, using their knowledge of choreography and performance

You will also have the opportunity to see professional dancers live and get involved in school performances.

Skills developed

Critical analysis of professional dance; choreography skills; contemporary technical and performance skills; physical fitness; confidence; creative and problem solving; working with others; leadership and resilience; rehearsal discipline; and safe dance practice


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