What is it?
This course is designed for students who wish to explore and develop their technique, choreography and analytical skills of dance. It provides exploration of a variety of genres and styles including; contemporary dance, jazz dance, post modern dance, pop dance and lyrical dance. BTEC Level 3 Dance is a practically assessed course, and can be taken as either a single course or as a triple course. Students on the triple course cover the same content as the single course but also take further modules from the BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts course with a dance focus.
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.
In this course you will study all 3 disciplines of; acting, singing techniques and movement skills, however the main focus for this course is dancing. You will learn skills and techniques whilst developing your performance knowledge and abilities in all 3 genres accumulating in live productions created for an audience. You will study a range of styles and influences within performing arts, which will fully prepare you for the world of work outside after your training.
How will I be taught?
Your classes will take place in the professional-standard rehearsal studios. You will be required to complete written work for homework tasks such as research and evaluations, as well as essays and coursework. This will prepare you well for the academic rigour required at university level. You will have daily technique classes as well as taking part in creative workshops.
How will I be assessed?
The course is assessed 100% practical and coursework.
Lucinda Campbell is the 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.
You will also have acting and vocal technique lessons by teachers who have all training extensively in the performing arts and have a wealth of experience both teaching and performing.
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.
- A minimum of two years’ dance experience.
What will I study?
You will study a range of genres and styles of dance including for example; ballet, jazz, lyrical, pop, contemporary, post modern, release technique and Bollywood. You will develop technique and performance skills alongside developing your choreography skills and knowledge as well as your dance appreciation skills.
Dance Skills Development
- Exploring Performance Styles.
- Creating Performance Material
- Performing as a Dancer as Part of an Ensemble
The Performing Arts Industry
Planning a Career in the Industry.
- Understanding the development of the performing arts industry
- Understanding employment opportunities in the performing arts industry
Personal Performing Arts Profile
- Using development plans to refine skills
- Using material for self promotion and networking
Collaborative Performing Arts Project
- Using a defined creative or admin role
- Using a creative collaboration to develop a project
- Producing a collaborative project
You will learn how to respond to a brief, preparing you for the world of work in the industry. Apply problem solving and technical skill in response to the brief in a professional manner. Effectively use communication skills to present your response to your audience. Apply problem solving and technical skill in response to the brief in a professional manner. Effectively use communication skills to present your response to your audience. You will take part in numerous public performance to develop your confidence and skills in performance techniques as well a developing your knowledge and skills in the musical theatre.