The A Level Dance specification requires students to develop, demonstrate and articulate practical and theoretical knowledge, understanding and experience in many areas. During the course you will develop your technical and performance skills, studying the process and art of choreography and the interrelationship between the creation, presentation and viewing/appreciation of dance works. You will learn how to develop dance placed within an artistic and cultural context. You will study and analyse professional dance works and learn about the significance of these works whilst developing your use of subject specific terminology.
The A Level Dance course is made up of two components:
Component 1: Choreography and performance
Students will be asked to choreograph and perform a solo performance, a performance in a quartet and a group performance.
Component 2: Critical Appreciation
Students will need to demonstrate a knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works: One compulsory set work within the compulsory area of study and one optional set work within the corresponding area of study from a choice of four.
An external examiner visits the school between March and May. You will be examined in the second year of the course
You will undertake a 2 1/2 hour written paper which is worth 50% of the A Level in your second year.
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Music and Drama. A Level Dance provides you with the skills which could lead onto higher education to study Dance or more general higher education courses.
With further training you could go into a job related to Dance such as a Choreographer, Dance Teacher or you may wish to specialise in an area of dance such as Contemporary and perform on stage as a professional dancer.
You could also go straight into a job as the A Level GCE is recognised as a dynamic qualification which encourages you to develop your creative and intellectual capacity, alongside transferable skills such as team working, communication and problem solving. These skills are sought after by higher education institutes and many employers across lots of industries, especially within the Performing Arts sectors.