Key Stage 4 Courses
Students in Years 10 & 11 can study GCSE Dance.
Details of this course is available from the linked resources on this page.
The AQA GCSE Dance specification recognises the role of dance in young people’s lives and students will study a range of dance styles and style fusions.
This specification focuses on the aesthetic and artistic qualities of dance and the symbolic use of movement to express and communicate ideas and concepts through the interrelated processes of performance, choreography and appreciation. Dance is a powerful and empowering form of non-verbal communication and it is both physical and expressive, which makes it similar to and different from other art forms and physical activities. Dance develops creative, imaginative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacities.
Students physical, technical and mental skills will be assessed through their performance in the form of two solos, the AQA Set Phrases, and a Performance of Duo or Trio. Their ability to choreograph dance will be assessed through a solo or group piece based on exciting stimuli set by the exam board. Finally, their ability to critically appraise work will be assessed in the form of a written exam based on an anthology of six professional works, all of which include different dance styles and cultural influences. The study this anthology will develop their ability to critically appraise professional dance works and provide a springboard for engaging in practical tasks.
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