Rickmansworth School Sixth Form Prospectus

Examining Body - AQA LINEAR

DANCE

REQUIREMENTS - GCSE LEVEL Grade 6 in Dance or relevant dance experience

ADDITIONAL COSTS The students are required to purchase dance department uniform as well as other appropriate dance movement clothing, and relevant text books. There are theatre trips and visits to dance institutes, which are optional and vary in cost.

ASSESSMENT A LEVEL - comprised of two exams: COMPONENT 1 - PERFORMANCE & CHOREOGRAPHY PRACTICAL EXAM 50% of A Level mark Task 1: Solo performance linked to a practitioner within an area of study • Students perform as a soloist between 2-3 minutes • Solo performancemust encapsulate the stylistic features of the chosen practitioner • The performance is examined by a moderator from AQA In addition students are required to write a Programme note, of no more than 150 words, which identifies the chosen practitioner and reveals an insight into the stylistic features explored. Task 2: Performance within a quartet • Students must perform in a duet or trio which lasts between 3-4 minutes in length in a live performance setting • The dance can be performed in a named style from the specification and does not need to be in the style of a practitioner Students must write a Programme note, of no more than 300 words, which clearly informs the examiner of the choreographic intention of the work and how it relates to the selected assessment task. Task 3: Group choreography • Students must create an original piece of group choreography, which lasts for a minimum of three minutes to a maximum of four minutes • Choreographies must include three, four or five dancers, and is in response to an externally set task. COMPONENT 2 - CRITICAL ENGAGEMENT WRITTEN EXAM 50% of A Level mark Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two dance works • Written paper is 180 minutes • The question paper has 2 sections: SECTION A: Short answer questions (25 marks) and one essay question (25 marks) on the compulsory set work/area of study SECTION B: Two essay questions on the second set work/area of study (25 marks for each essay)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

A Level Dance is a dynamic qualification which encourages students to develop their creative and intellectual capacity, alongside transferableskills suchas teamworking, communication and problem solving. All of these are sought after skills by higher education and employers. The A Level Dance specification requires students to develop, demonstrate and articulate practical and theoretical knowledge, understanding and experience of: • technical and performance skills • the process and art of choreography • the interrelationship between the creation, presentation and viewing/appreciation of dance works • the development of dance placed within an artistic and cultural context • professional dance works PROGRESSION “In order to prepare students for the diversity of the contemporary danceprofession, studentsare taughtbyawiderangeofpracticing dance artists andacademics, eachprominent in their particular fieldofspecialismandexpertise.Theundergraduateprogramme trains students tobe technically advanced, versatileandcreative dance artists, which is why so many top choreographers are keen to work with our graduates.” Trinity Laban Conservatoire Career opportunities that are available are: Dancer, Choreographer, Community Dance Practitioner, Dance Journalist, Teacher, Dance Therapist, Youth Worker.

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