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Key Stage 4

Students study the AQA GCSE Dance course. This course explores performing, choreographing and appreciating dance. Students are examined practically on their expressive skills, technical skills, physical skills, mental skills and choreographic choices.

Component 1: Performance and Choreography - 60% of the GCSE

Performance - students learn and perform 2 set phrases in a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration). They also perform in a Duet/trio performance choreographed by the teacher and students.

Choreography - Solo or group choreography in response to an externally set exam paper – 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). Students may wish to perform in their own choreography, but do not have to.

Component 2: Dance appreciation - 40% of the GCSE

Students explore knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills, critical appreciation of own work and professional works. This component is examined by a 1 hour 30 minutes exam paper.

The professional works that are explored by the dancers are as follows:

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
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