Students choose to study dance for a variety of reasons; it may be a passion, future career aim or perhaps to contrast two purely theoretical courses and add variety to their programme of study. Often talented dancers select dance A Level as they want to be challenged further in a new context and improve their versatility as a choreographer and performer.
Dance can be combined with any subjects but the theory element develops a similar skill set to drama, media studies, film studies, English literature, history and physical education. If you want to be physically active and creative, enjoy watching live and recorded performances and want to discover more about the history and developments dance, this is an ideal course for you.
Throughout the course you will widen your experience and knowledge of dance through technique lessons, creative exploration and theoretical analysis in our purpose built dance studio. During practical lessons you will develop your choreographic skills and refine your technical and expressive skills required to perform solo and group work for practical assessment.
Theoretical work is based on areas of study and set works, which allows you to engage critically with dance and understand the interrelationship between the creation, presentation and viewing/appreciation of dance. You will develop and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of dance and its developments over time including: style, technique, influences, key practitioners, professional repertoire and communication of dance ideas, which will be assessed in a written examination.
Dancers progressing to HE studies in Dance and MT
Dance A level can be the first steps towards working within the arts industry and there are a wide range of degree courses, specialist dance and performance schools at which to further your studies. Potential careers within the arts include; performer, choreographer, teacher, community dance practitioner, arts administrator, production technician, physiotherapist, writer or academic.
Many of our former students have gone on to star in West End musicals such as Mamma Mia, Ghost and Dirty Dancing, or have been on national and international tours. Other dancers are performing with contemporary dance companies and in the commercial sector. Some have established and run private dance schools and agencies and others teach in schools and colleges both in Britain and abroad.
Recent dance experience at a dance school or stage school, GCSE or BTEC dance.
Year 13 Consultation Evening 1 5:30pm on 14th November 2019