Dance GCSE

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Examination Board AWA8236
Subject Leader Mrs Hawkins-Brown
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Qualification Aims:

Dance is a rewarding option, though not an easy one. It requires commitment and dedication, as well as an open and creative mind. GCSE Dance is not just about learning and copying routines, but the study of dance as a whole art form. Dance is a distinct art form, which has its own history, body of knowledge, aesthetic values, cultural contexts, and artistic products.

Course Content

Students will study a range of choreography and professional dance works. Students will gain a working knowledge of choreographic devices, a range of contemporary dance techniques, and skills in appreciating dance.

Students will study the subject across three parallel strands: Performance, Choreography, and Appreciation

The new GCSE Dance syllabus is assessed as follows:

Component 1: Performance and Choreography

Performance (30%)
Set phrases through a solo performance
Duet/trio performance

Choreography (30%)
Solo or group choreography

This is marked internally and externally moderated.
Total Practical: 60% of final CGSE

Component 2: Dance Appreciation

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

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
40% of final CGSE

Am I suitable for the course?

The course is suitable for any student who would like to develop their own understanding of dance in choreography, performance and appreciation. Students will need to be prepared to work in their own time on practical coursework as well as take part in performances in and outside of school.