Synopsis of Study
Year 9 – Dance
During the initial term the students learn about the technical and performance skills required for dance and learn how to develop these skills during rehearsals. In theory lessons they learn about other factors such as diet, injury treatment and the muscles that make dance actions happen. They also experience some of the different ways to create a piece of choreography, using different starting points as a stimulus such as props, dance styles, themes and social issues.
During the second term they work as a group creating performance pieces and watching these back so they can analyse themselves in order to identify strengths and weaknesses. They also start to study professional dance pieces and choreographers so they learn about how various dances are made and the characteristics of various styles.
Students continue to look at various professional pieces and look into the other features that contribute to a performance piece such as costume design, set design, lighting and music selection. During theory lessons they create a research journal collating their findings and demonstrating their understanding of choreographic devices and dance relationships used in each piece they study.
Year 10 – Dance
In this first term the students work on Component One of their coursework. They complete their research journals and then they use their research to create a festival program for a dance festival. In practical sessions they complete various creative tasks to improve their choreographic skills and further enhance their technical and performance ability.
In term two the students begin Component Two where their assessment in based on their ability as a performer. They study one style in detail and learn about the characteristics of the chosen genre. They are taught a number of sections of repertoire from professional choreographers and then they are assessed in their ability to perform these routines. Students also begin a log book where there record and track their improvements as they learn the pieces.
In this term, students select a professional piece of their own choice in the genre studied in term two. They must then re-create their piece of chosen repertoire as close to the original as possible in preparation for an audition. They can decide whether they wish to complete this task as a solo, or in a due or small group. Students also complete their log book where they keep a written record of their progress and evaluate their final performance of their audition piece
Year 11 – Dance
The main focus of this first term is Component Three which is a choreography based unit. Students reflect back to their previous learning and are set various choreography challenges in small groups. Students are encourage to, and learn how to research topics, and they look at the needs of different target audiences and how professional pieces can be used to influence how a dance is created.
In January the exam board issue the formal assessment task for the students. Students will then spend the entire term working in their groups and creating an eight minute piece for a workshop performance to a live audience. They also produce two pieces of writing in examination conditions which explains the decisions they have made relating to the exam task, and how they have progressed as an individual and as a group.
During this final term students perform their piece of choreography to a live audience. The performance is recorded and submitted to the exam board for marking. In addition, each student completes a third and final piece of extended writing under exam conditions that evaluates their group’s success and their strengths and weakness. All three pieces of extended writing are also submitted to the exam board for marking.