A Level – Dance


Anyone who is interested in studying dance in depth through the creation and performance of choreography, and the analysis of dance repertoire.

  • Who Is This Course For?

     

    Anyone who is interested in studying dance in depth through the creation and performance of choreography, and the analysis of dance repertoire. You do not have to be pursuing a career in dance to take this course, and the skill-set gained from analysing dance repertoire, developing essay skills and taking the role of both a choreographer and performer in a practical setting provide a range of favourable skills for both employment and university. It should be stressed that this is essentially an academic subject and not purely a practical one.

    Entry criteria

    The College entry criteria for all level three courses can be found on our ”Entry Criteria Guidance” pdf document.

    Entry is by successful completion of a workshop and attendance at Wyke Start.

  • Course Details:

    Exam Board

    AQA

    A Level Dance

    Component One: Performance and Choreography

    1. Create a 2-3min Solo in the Style of Christopher Bruce: The focus of this piece is to accurately reflect his choreographic style in terms of technical and physical skills, spatial elements, dynamics and interpretative performance skills such as musicality and projection
    2. Performance Within a Fosse Quartet of 3-4min: The focus of this piece is based on your physical and technical skills, spatial awareness, and interpretative performance in relation to the style of Fosse
    3. Take the role of Choreographer for a 3-4min Group Piece: Create an original piece of choreography for 3-5 dancers in response to an externally set task. The question will take the form of a stimulus (poem, picture, sculpture, historical figure, etc.) which will need to be researched, developed and communicated in your choreography

    Component two: Critical Engagement

    This is the theory part of the course, and includes both the detailed analysis of two dance works, and an understanding of other choreographers and repertoire that are influential within their corresponding areas of study:
    Section A: The Set Work ‘Rooster’ by Christopher Bruce, and the contextual setting of the Rambert Dance Company (1966 – 2002)
    Section B: The set work ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952) within the context of American Jazz Dance 1940 – 1975

    Assessment

    – Component 1: 50% of your overall A Level Grade, and comprises of three externally assessed practical performances. All three elements are assessed in March of your 2nd year
    – Component 2: 50% of your overall A Level Grade, and comprises of a written theoretical exam which is 2 ½ hours long, and is taken in June of your 2nd year. There are some smaller mark questions, but 75% of the marks come from essay responses

    How the course is delivered

    Students have four lessons a week which are split into 2 practical, 2 theory. Practical lessons are a mixture of technique and choreographic tasks. Theory lessons are split into the history of Rambert and in-depth analysis of ‘Rooster’ (Bruce, 1994). Extracurricular rehearsal time will be required in addition to timetabled lessons to produce and practice practical exam work.

    Departmental Enrichment

    Students will have the opportunity attend professional dance performances and are required to perform at public events.  In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in the Hull Youth Dance Company; participate in workshops with professional dance companies; audition for the Yorkshire Young Dancers Scheme, affiliated to Northern School of Contemporary Dance; participate in the College productions; and gain experience operating sound and lighting equipment.

    The Dance department at Wyke Sixth Form College

    Teaching staff in the Dance department include Toni Daddy (Head of Dance and Teacher of 1st year A Level) and Julie Lovewell (Teacher of 2nd year A Level and additionally Head of Dance at NAPA).

    The department uses a rehearsal and performance space that has a fully sprung dance floor, mirrors, and sound and lighting facilities.  In addition, it also has a studio space with fully sprung dance floor, mirrors, and sound equipment.  It has access to the College Library and classroom facilities as well as the state of the art College ICT facilities.

  • Progression:

    What does this course lead to?

    Students may progress to Dance related university courses or audition for professional vocational training. Past students have entered the professions of dance performance; education; dance therapy; physical therapy; events management; arts management; and other related careers. However, many students also choose other non-dance related Higher Education programmes or places of work.

    Student Successes

    Emma Holt
    Former School: Howden School
    Destination: Studying BA Honours Dance course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Music

    Beth Curry
    Former School: Beverley Longcroft School
    Destination: Foundation Degree course at NSCD (Northern School of Contemporary Dance)