A Level – Dance


The A Level Dance course at Wyke Sixth Form College will allow you to study Dance in depth through creation, analysis and performance.

  • 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

    You do not have to study Dance at GCSE Level, but all students who wish to study A Level Dance will need to participate in practical workshops at Wyke Start.

  • Course Details:

    Exam Board

    AQA

    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 Jazz or Contemporary 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 chosen genre of dance
    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 ‘Sutra’ (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, 2008) within the context of the Contemporary Dance Scene 2000+

    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, 1991). Extracurricular rehearsal time will be required in addition to timetabled lessons to produce and practice practical exam work.

    Departmental Enrichment

    The College now has extensive extra-curricular in dance. The competition squad compete in a range of styles including contemporary, street/commercial, tap and ballet, and enter the ‘That’s Showbiz’ national competition, being the only 6th Form College to compete against professional dance schools across the country. In 2017 Wyke got through to the national finals at the Liverpool Echo Arena, and finished 2nd nationally in their age category for contemporary. Students will also have the opportunity to attend professional dance performances and participate in workshops and auditions with local dance companies. Once a year, we also hold our annual Christmas Dance show; an opportunity for parents to see practical work from the year.

    The Dance department at Wyke Sixth Form College

    • Toni Daddy – Head of Dance at Wyke and theory teacher
    • Julie Lovewell – Teacher of 1st year practical and Head of Dance at NAPA
    • Laura Bulless – Teacher of 1st and 2nd year practical
    • Guy Martinson – Head of Faculty

    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.

    Further information

    Please feel free to contact Toni Daddy (Head of Dance) with any further queries on dance at Wyke by email toni.daddy@wyke.ac.uk , phone 01482 346347, or follow and tweet @WykeDance on Twitter.

  • 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 Success

    Former Howden School student Emma Holt is now studying BA Honours Dance at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Music.

    Former Beverley High School student Imogen Wright from Beverley High School is now studying at the Northern Contemporary Dance School.