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Alicia Price - Teacher of Dance

At Lipson Co-operative Academy students have the opportunity to apply and be a part of the LCA Dance Company. In this Dance Company students will learn and refine their performance skills in different styles of dance and will work towards a performance or the school production near the end of the year. There is also the LCA Youth Theatre which focuses towards specialist drama sessions each week. All members of the Performing Arts Academy will have the opportunity to take part in workshops and performances throughout the year. If students would like to be involved in the Performing Arts Academy they will have to complete a short written application and we do ask that they are committed to sessions every week.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Dance

Dance is a fun way of staying active, keeping fit, expressing yourself and developing your confidence & creativity! The new specification for 2016 offers a lot of variety with insight into different dance styles & fusions and provides a good stepping-stone into the AS /ALevel/BTEC courses should students wish to pursue those after GCSE.

This is a linear course, meaning that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course in Year 11.

 

In Year 9 students will:

  • Develop an understanding of health, fitness & safe working practice
  • Learn and develop physical & technical skills necessary for effective performance
  • Take part in several practice assessments for the GCSE dance exams in duets, trios and groups
  • Study the ‘Dance Anthology’ which focuses on 6 professional dance works
  • See professional dance in action in the form of either workshops or live performances

 

In Year 10 students will:

  • Develop more in depth understanding of health, fitness & safe working practice
  • Further develop physical & technical skills necessary for effective performance
  • Learn four ‘set dances’ that every GCSE Dance student must learn in order to perform both a solo and a duet/trio piece of coursework
  • Take part in practical and written mock exams in preparation for Year 11
  • Continuation in studying the ‘Dance Anthology’ which focuses on 6 professional dance works
  • See professional dance in action in the form of either workshops or live performances

 

In Year 11 students will:

  • Develop expressive skills & an understanding of how to achieve high quality performance
  • Enhance your understanding of the relationship between choreography, performance & production
  • Develop your understanding and critical analysis of the 6 professional works
  • Create your own group choreography in response to an exam question provided by AQA

 

ASSESSMENTS

Students must complete both assessment components.

Unit 1: Internally marked and externally moderated

 

Performance – 30% of GCSE / 40 marks

  • Two set phrases through a solo performance (approximately 1 minute in duration)
  • Duet/trio performance (3 minutes in a dance that is a maximum of 5 minutes in duration)

Choreography – 30% of GCSE / 40 marks

Solo or group choreography – solo (2 - 2½ minutes) / group dance (3 - 3½ minutes

Unit 2: Externally marked by AQA

Dance Appreciation – 40% of GCSE (1½ written paper / 80 marks)

  • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
  • Critical appreciation of own work
  • Critical appreciation of 6 professional works

 

What is next after GCSE Dance?

  • Further education in AS/A’level Dance or Performing Arts (Dance) at college which may lead onto a degree in dance at university
  • Performing
  • Choreographing
  • Teaching
  • Admin roles within dance/performing companies
  • Dance marketing