Dance

KS4

Dance G.C.S.E. seeks to promote and develop skill, knowledge and understanding in the three main areas of performance, choreography and appreciation. Pupils will experience a variety of performance and creative opportunities, and gain an excellent foundation in contemporary dance technique.

Modules/Units to be covered and a summary of each with key outcomes:

Unit 1: Critical Appreciation of Dance
Written paper lasting for 1 hour. Key outcomes are to test students’ knowledge and understanding of dance. Areas covered are Safe Practice, Choreography, Performance Skills, and Analysis of Professional Works.

Unit 2: Set Dance
Practical examination. Key outcome is to measure students’ technical and expressive abilities in a solo environment. Interpretation and performance skills are also examined.

Unit 3: Performance in a Duo / Group Dance
Practical examination. Key outcome is to measure students’ technical, expressive and performance skills in a group environment. Students’ ability to perform with others is a key element here.

Unit 4: Choreography
One solo composition and one group composition. Key outcome is to measure a students’ ability to choreograph for both solo and group environments. Their ability to develop original movement responses and develop these using a range of choreographic devices is a key element.

 

How pupils are to be assessed:

Unit 1: Critical Appreciation of Dance.
60 marks 20% of total grade. Externally assessed.

Unit 2: Set Dance.
30 marks – 20% of total grade. Externally assessed.

Unit 3: Performance in a Duo / Group Dance.
30 marks – 20% of total grade. Externally moderated.

Unit 4: Choreography
Solo composition – 20 marks – 15% of total grade. Externally moderated.
Group composition – 40 marks – 25% of total grade. Externally moderated.

 

Communication and engagement with each other:-
Promoted through the use of extensive group work on tasks such as performance piece and choreography, regular use of peer assessment, peer feedback and peer mentoring, cross year interaction via use of dancers across the school to be in group choreographies, and regular showing and sharing of work and ideas.

 

Tolerance and respect:-
Again promoted through group work and sharing of ideas. Also through learning how to be an effective audience (observer) and how to provide feedback that is positive and aids progression.

 

Development of individual ideas:-
Promoted through independent solo choreography work and further extended through leadership and development of an individual idea taught and performed by a group of dancers.

 

Exam Board:

AQA

Unit 1: Critical Appreciation of Dance
Written paper lasting for 1 hour. 20% of total marks. Externally assessed.
This element tests students’ knowledge and understanding across all sections of the course, including Safe Practice, Choreography, Performance Skills, and Appreciation of Professional Works.

Unit 2: Set Dance
Practical exam – 30 marks – 20% of total marks. Externally assessed.
This element is a solo performance of a technical study that is set by the examination board. It seeks to develop and measure a students’ technical, expressive and interpretive skills.

Unit 3: Performance in a Duo / Group Dance
Practical exam – 30 marks – 20% of total marks. Externally moderated.
This element is a group Performance Piece that is choreographed collaboratively between the teacher and students. It seeks to develop and measure a students’ technical, expressive and interactive skills.

Unit 4: Choreography
Divided into two components:-
Solo composition – 20 marks – 15% of total marks.
Group composition – 40 marks – 25% of total marks. Externally moderated.

These two elements develop and measure a students’ ability to create and craft movement. Students respond to a given stimulus for their solo choreography and have to further develop this into their own original dance language. For their group choreography students must select an idea of their own and create a piece for a group of dancers. Both pieces must show use of choreographic devices and explore the fundamental principles of Action, Dynamics, Space and Relationships.

The weighting of each module towards overall grade:

Unit 1: Critical Appreciation of Dance
20% of total grade. Externally assessed.

Unit 2: Set Dance
20% of total grade. Externally assessed.

Unit 3: Performance in a Duo / Group Dance
20% of total grade. Externally moderated.

Unit 4: Choreography
Solo composition – 15% of total grade. Externally moderated.
Group composition – 25% of total grade. Externally moderated.

 

Coursework:

Performance Piece, Solo Choreography and Group Choreography are all classed as coursework. These pieces may be worked and re-worked up to the set deadline.