Welcome to GCSE Dance

GCSE Dance is a wonderful opportunity to increase your understanding of the world of Dance, through the study of diverse professional works and opportunities to develop your skills as a choreographer and dancer. The course requires dedication, commitment and a desire to work creatively with your peers.

Within the GCSE Course pages you will find plenty of learning resources, links for independent study, information on additional revision sessions, videos of the Set Phrases and key assessment dates in the Year Plan section.


Approach to Learning

Students spend one lesson per week developing their performance skills and contemporary dance technique. One lesson per week is also spent exploring approaches to choreography with a particular focus on the themes and choreographic approach used by the choreographers of the 6 professional dance works studied for the Dance Anthology. Dance Analysis is studied once a fortnight, where the students gain a detailed understanding of set professional works and dance practice in preparation for the written paper (Component 2).


Additional Revision Classes

These will run from December through to the end of the academic year on Thursday evenings from 3.45 – 4.30pm in Studio 9


Study Resources  

See Useful websites on the following link: http://fallibroome.academy/course/gcse-dance/  

Link to Student resources on Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0ByaAdgxHAAvYcUpDUHFYbDFaNEU?usp=sharing


The Dance Anthology

The GCSE Dance Anthology provides the focus for learning how to critically appreciate professional set works. The anthology contains the following professional set works:

Dance work Dance company Choreographer
Artificial Things Stopgap Dance Company Lucy Bennett
A Linha Curva Rambert Dance Company Itzik Galili
Infra The Royal Ballet Wayne McGregor
Shadows Phoenix Dance Theatre Christopher Bruce
Within Her Eyes James Cousins Company James Cousins
Emancipation of Expressionism Boy Blue Entertainment Kenrick H2O Sandy

 

Students must study all six 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.

Assessment

Component 1: Performance and choreography

What’s assessed

Performance

  • 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)

Choreography

  • 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)
How it’s assessed

Internally marked and externally moderated

Performance

  • 30% of GCSE
  • 40 marks

Choreography

  • 30% of GCSE
  • 40 marks

Total component 60%

Component 2: Dance appreciation

What’s assessed

  • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
  • Critical appreciation of own work
  • Critical appreciation of professional works

How it’s assessed

  • 40% of GCSE
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks

Questions

Based on students’ own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology.

What’s assessed in the written paper

  • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
  • Critical appreciation of own work
  • Critical appreciation of professional works

Questions

Based on students’ own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology.

Link to specimen paper: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/dance/AQA-82361-SQP.PDF

Home Learning Policy

Written homework will be set once a week, with practical homework tasks given in the run up to formative assessments at the end of every half term.

Year Plan

Monday 20th November 2017 – Assessment of Set Phrases and Performance in a Duo/Trio

Wednesday 28th March 2018  – Assessment of Group Choreographies

Tuesday 19th June 2018 – Written Examination for Component 2

Mock Examination

As part of the mock examination for Dance in January 2018, students will undertake a 1 ½ hour written paper which will follow the same format as the final examination paper in June.

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