GCSE - Dance
Course contact: Ms Gunn - firstname.lastname@example.org
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This dance course will give you the opportunity to develop sector-specific applied knowledge and skills through realistic vocational contexts. You will have the opportunity to build knowledge and technical skills in the following areas:
- Development of key dance skills that prove your aptitude in performing arts, such as reproducing repertoire and responding to stimuli
- Processes that underpin effective ways of working in the performing arts, such as the development of ideas, rehearsal and performance
- Attitudes that are considered most important in the performing arts, including personal management and communication
- Knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, processes and attitudes in the sector, such as roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles through critical analysis
You will have the opportunity to perform in class and at the annual dance show. You will also participate in workshops led by professional dance artists and attend live performances at the theatre to enrich your learning.
A typical lesson might involve...
Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts - You will develop a practical understanding of how dance work is created and look at elements such as roles, responsibilities and the application of relevant skills and techniques. You will have the chance to explore practically the work of different professionals and will broaden your knowledge by observing existing repertoire and learning about professionals’ approaches and how they create and influence performance material.
Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts - You will develop dance skills and techniques in this component and take part in workshops and classes to develop technical, practical and interpretative skills through the rehearsal and performance process. You will work from an existing dance repertoire, applying relevant skills and techniques to reproduce the performance of the work.
Component 3: Responding to a Brief - You will have the opportunity to respond to a brief that outlines the performance and design requirements and asks you to consider your target audience. Working as part of a group, you will develop your ideas for a workshop performance and apply your skills and techniques to communicate your creative intentions to your audience.
How will I be assessed?
- Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts (Internal, Set by the exam board) 60 marks of the qualification
- Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts (Internal, Set by the exam board) 60 marks of the qualification
- Component 3: Responding to a Brief (External) 60 marks of the qualification
What qualifications will I achieve and what could I do afterwards?
Students can go on to study BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts or A-level Dance and then onto higher education. Other pathways include: Level 3 Dance Therapy, Level 3 Media Journalism and Level 3 Media and Marketing.
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