Dance

Dance

 

Aims

  • Helps students develop technical and expressive skills as well as knowledge, understanding and gain experience of dance through performance, choreography.
  • Increase their confidence, self-esteem and builds team work skills
  • To employ the skills of problem solving, creativity and make knowledgeable decisions about dance
  • To develop understanding and knowledge as well as critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance within their own work and in professional repertoire
  • Encourages a critical appreciation of dance and the social, political and cultural differences dance has positively contributed to society and the impact during historical times.

Teaching and Learning

  • Contemporary technique classes
  • Choreography tasks & workshops
  • Repertoire
  • Self/Peer & Teacher assessments
  • Dance Theory presentations
  • Video & Music editing

Assessment for learning

  • Self-Assessment: Students will record their work and watch back and note their strengths and what they need to work on.                                    
  • Peer Assessment: During the group dance unit students will watch each others work and give feedback using the success criteria.
  • Teacher Assessment: Students are assessed each term to determine individual progress using Exam success criteria.

Home Learning

Types of activities: Research; Choreographers, professional works, dance genres & styles, dance vocabulary, Reading and annotations, Preparation for Class presentations, reflections in logbooks.

Show my Homework – all home learning activities will be published by individual staff members on the Show My Homework website which can be found by following the link on the school’s homepage. Students and parents can access this through their accounts or by filtering the results.

Equipment

Black leotard, black leggings, Dance Jumpers (during the winter), hair band, Water bottle, school planner, purple folder, A5 notebook, Blank USB Stick.

 

Key Stage 4

Dance

Programme of Study

Students follow the AQA syllabus.

Specification number: 4320

Link to the specification website: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-4230-W-SP-14.PDF

The students will study:

  • Professional dance works to broaden knowledge and understanding.
  • Techniques for performance.
  • Solo, duet and group performance work.
  • Contemporary Dance (there is not an option for street, jazz or any other style of dance on the syllabus).
  • Choreography and Composition.
  • Examination practical material.
  • How to use a stimulus and create a response.

Unit 1: Critical Appreciation of Dance

Unit 2: Set Dance

 

Unit 3: Performance in a duo/ group dance

Unit 4: Choreography

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accreditation Structure

 

Unit

Assessment

Length

Weighting

Unit 1: Critical Appreciation of Dance (42301)

Written Examination Paper

Accurate description, evaluation and analysis of the features of two professional dance works     

Accurate description, evaluation and analysis of action, dynamic, spatial and relationship content of the two chosen works       

Ability to use appropriate dance terminology. Ability to reflect on own       performance and choreographic work. 

1 hour

50 marks

20%

Unit 2: Set Dance (42302)

 

Practical Examination: Solo Performance

Technical ability: posture, alignment, co-ordination, balance, strength, flexibility, mobility and control.     

Accurate reproduction of action and spatial content, with reference to the choreography and the characteristic features of the particular chosen dance.

Interpretation of dynamic and expressive qualities.     

Demonstration of style: ability to emulate the style and mood of the original choreography.     

Safe practice as a performer: execution of movements, clothing, jewellery, hair, footwear, appropriateness of choice of same.     

Overall sense of performance: focus, projection, musicality, sensitivity, communication, energy, and commitment.

1–1½ minutes

30 marks 20%

Unit 3: Performance in a duo/ group dance (42303)

Controlled Assessment:

Performance in a duo/ group dance

Technical ability: posture, alignment, co-ordination, balance, strength, flexibility, mobility and control.

Accuracy of action, dynamic and spatial content within the context of the group.  

Communication of choreographic intent: empathy with the mood or meaning of the dance and ability to interpret and communicate this.     

Sensitivity to other dancers in a range of dance relationships: in time and space and in group formations and dance relationships.     

Safe practice as a performer within a group context: execution of movements, clothing, jewellery, hair, footwear, appropriateness of choice of same.     

Overall sense of performance within a group context: focus, projection, musicality, sensitivity, communication, energy, commitment.

3 – 3½ minutes

 

30 marks – 20%

Unit 4: Choreography (42304/A and 42304/B)

 

Task A: Solo Composition

Imaginative development of selected or given material through action, space and dynamics.

Successful integration and linking of the motifs into the composition.

Structuring and use of choreographic devices and principles.      

Analysis and evaluation to bring about improvement during the progress of the piece.

Task B: Choreography – solo/ duo/ group

Creative and imaginative response to selected stimulus/starting point.     

Selection of action content and its application to relationships where appropriate.     

Selection of dynamic content and its application to relationships where appropriate.     

Selection of spatial content and relationships content where appropriate.     

Overall form and structure use of choreographic devices and principles.                     

Choice of aural setting.     

Overall communication of dance idea.

Task A: 1–1½ minutes

 

Task B: (Solo – 1½ – 2 minutes; duo/group – 2½ – 3 minutes)

Task A = 20 marks – 15%

Task B = 40 marks – 25%

 

Unit total: 60 marks – 40%

 

 

Additional Information

The students will have the opportunity to present their dances in the School Dance Show; furthermore, some students will be entered into regional Dance competitions.

  • Dance Leader roles
  • Extra-Curricular dance clubs
  • Theatre Trips
  • Frances Bardsley Academy Summer Dance show
  • Havering Dance Festival
  • Revision Sessions
  • Careers guidance
  • Big activity day

How Parents/ Carers can help

Key websites: www.AQA.co.uk ,

Practical help: Parents are encouraged to check student planners and show my homework to ensure their child is up to date with all homework. Students will also keep a logbook and parents can check their progress each term.

TV programmes: such as ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and ‘Got To Dance’ and discussing the style of dances, the movement, costume, music choices and dynamics used will all help prepare students for the written exam.

Dance magazines will help them to begin understanding dance vocabulary and will broaden their appreciation and understanding for dance genres.

Literacy: Practice key vocabulary words with your child at home to prepare for quizzes and written exam.

Reading List: AQA GCSE Dance: Students Book

                        AQA GCSE Dance Textbook (2nd Edition)

                        AQA GCSE Performing Arts: Dance- Revision Topics

                        Essential Guide to Dance (3rd Edition)

Additional dance classes outside of school to strengthen technique and build a broader dance vocabulary.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Miss Mitchell – Head of Dance

 

Key Stage 5

Dance

 

Programme of Study

Students follow the AQA syllabus.

Specification number: 2231

Link to the specification website: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/specifications/alevel/AQA-2230-W-SP-14.PDF

Performing Arts: Dance A Level is considered to be an excellent source of foundation skills for any job by most employers. It instils confidence, self-awareness, teamwork and the ability to make informed choices. It also helps you to understand and appreciate a variety of cultures, views and ideas while also being able to develop and distinguish your own opinions.

 

Units

Units

Year 12

  1.  Understanding Dance

 

Includes Knowledge & Understanding of:

  • Alignment, posture, joints, fitness, technical skills, performance skills, communicate & interpret dance ideas, performing with others and safe practice.
  • Movement components, dancers, aural setting, physical setting, relationship of the dance to aural setting, developing ideas, improvisational technique
  •   Choreographic devices, rehearsals and keeping a journal   (all linking with a profession repertoire)

 

  1. Choreography and Performance

Solo Choreography –

An understanding, awareness and development of:

  • Alignment, actions, strength, dynamic variations, spatial awareness, focus, musicality, timing, communication and interpretation.

Performance in a duo/trio –

An understanding, awareness and development of:

Spatial awareness, sensitivity, choreographic devices, group formations, focus between dancers, relationship to dance idea, safe practice, musicality, timing and the use of contact work.

Year 13

  1. Dance Appreciation

 

Section A: Area of study includes:

  • The Royal Ballet
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
  • Netherlands Dance Theatre
  • Stylistic features, practitioners & their techniques, work of the practitioners, relationship between the development of the genre and its context

 

 

Section B: The Set Works include:

  • The Prodigal Son
  • Zero Degrees
  • West Side Story

 

Students must learn a detailed analysis of:

  • Subject Matter & treatment
  • Form of the dance
  • Constituent features
  • Technique & style of the choreographer
  • Origins of the dance
  • Relationship between the dance and its context.

 

  1. Group Choreography

 

Research, understanding and awareness of:

  • *Constituent features of dance, transposition of the dance idea, improvisational tasks, experiment of movement, development & manipulation, structuring, aural setting, rehearsal process, safe practice, programme notes.

 

Solo Performance      - Practical Assessment

  • *Correct alignment, posture & stability, body actions, strength, spatial awareness stylistic features, relationship of dancers, focus, and aural accompaniment.

 

 

Accreditation Structure

 

Component

Mode of Assessment

Weighting

Unit 1 – DANC1

Understanding Dance

 

1 hour 30 mins written examination

60 marks

Two sections:

A – structured questions (20 marks)

B – two essay questions (40 marks)

40% of AS

20% of A Level

 

Unit 2 – DANC2

Choreography and Performance

 

Practical coursework – internally assessed

90 marks

Two sections:

A – solo choreography and performance (60 marks)

B – performance in a duo/trio (30 marks)

60% of AS

30% of A Level

 

Unit 3 – DANC3

Dance Appreciation: Content and Context

 

1 hour 30 mins written examination

80 marks

Two sections:

A – one question on chosen area of study (40 marks)

B – one question on set work studied (40 marks)

25% of A Level

 

Unit 4 – DANC4

Group Choreography and Solo Performance

 

Practical examination – externally assessed

75 marks

Two sections:

A – group choreography (45 marks)

B – solo performance (30 marks)

25% of A Level

 

 

Additional Information

In addition to their chosen dance course option, students will get the opportunity to participate in the following:

  • Dance Leader roles
  • Extra-Curricular dance clubs
  • Theatre Trips
  • Frances Bardsley Academy Summer Dance show
  • Havering Dance Festival
  • Revision Sessions
  • Careers guidance
  • Big activity day
  • UCAS reference assistance

How Parents/ Carers can help

Key websites:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/dance/as-and-a-level/dance-2230

http://www.akramkhancompany.net

http://www.royalballetschool.org.uk

http://www.westsidestory.com

http://www.alvinailey.org

Practical help: Parents are encouraged to check student planners and show my homework to ensure their child is up to date with all homework. Students will also keep a logbook and Parents can check their progress each term.

TV programmes: such as ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and ‘Got To Dance’ and discussing the style of dances, the movement, costume, music choices and dynamics used will all help prepare students for the written exam.

Literacy: Practice key vocabulary words with your child at home to prepare for quizzes and written exam.

Reading List:  Lynne, A. (The Intimate Act of Choreography)

                         Carter, A. (The Routledge Dance Studies Reader)

                         Smith-Autard, J. ( Dance Composition)

                         Adshead, J. ( Dance Analysis, Theory and practice)

Dance Journals will help them to begin understanding dance vocabulary and will broaden their appreciation and understanding for dance genres.

Additional dance classes outside of school to strengthen technique and build a broader dance vocabulary.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Miss Mitchell – Head of Dance

  • The Jack Petchey Foundation
  • Specialist Schools Trust
  • Sport England
  • Church of England Affiliation Scheme
  • The Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Healthy Schools
  • LIFE Education
  • Ofsted Good