What is it?
This course is designed for students who wish to explore and develop their technique, choreography and analysis of dance. It provides an in-depth exploration of contemporary dance with some potential exploration of the jazz dance genre. A level Dance is a practical and written externally assessed course, and can be taken alongside Double BTEC Performing Arts or other 2 other A level subjects.
Why study this subject at Blackpool Sixth?
You will have teachers who have trained at prestigious institutes and are highly experienced in both their craft and teaching and learning. You will use a professional dance studio and a state of the art theatre, which seats 300 people.
What skills will I develop?
You will develop your movement vocabulary, your knowledge and experience of different genres and styles of dance as well as developing your performance, technique and choreographic skills. You will also learn how to analyse dance by looking at professional set works. You will develop communication skills, leadership skills, team building skills, creativity and confidence.
How will I be taught?
You will have 4 classes per week, which take part in the professional-standard dance studio or a classroom setting. You will be required to complete written work for homework tasks such as research and evaluations, as well as essays on the constituent features of dance. This will prepare you well for the academic rigor required at university level.
How will I be assessed?
The course is assessed 50% practical and 50% written exam. The practical exam will include;
- Choreography and performance of a solo
- Performance in a duet/trio
- 2 hour written exam
Lucinda Campbell is the sole teacher of the dance course, trained at Merseyside Dance and Drama College, Liverpool; UCLAN and Royal Academy of Dance London. She is also the Head of Department and has worked as an examiner for A level for many years. Lucinda worked as a dancer, teacher and choreographer across the UK and at international arts events.
Field trips, projects and employability opportunities
You will have the opportunity to see live dance work at numerous theatre trips as well as perform at the Winter Gardens. You will also perform in our 300 seat state of the art theatre, each term in a full scale production. You can also apply and audition to be part of the dance academy and perform in the college musical. The Dance Academy is for gifted and talented Dancers who wish to pursue a career in the industry.
Where does it lead?
Students have progressed onto numerous prestigious dance/drama schools such as; Performers, Bird, Urdang, The Hammond School, LIPA, SLP, Centre Pointe as well as prestigious universities such as Middlesex, Roehampton and Surrey. Careers can be in performance, teaching, choreography or community dance work.
Black practical clothing to include for females – leotards and tights and males – black tracksuit pants and t-shirt. Bare feet for practical classes or foot thongs.
AQA – A level.
- A minimum of two years’ dance experience and a grade 4 in English Language would be desirable.
What will I study?
- Component 1: – Performance and Choreography 50% of your final mark.
- Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner within an area of study
- Performance in a quartet
- Group choreography
- Component 2 : – Critical engagement – 50% of final mark. Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works. Short answers section and essay section.
- One compulsory set work within the compulsory area of study
- One optional set work within the corresponding area of study, from a choice of four.