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 pursue a career in dance to take this course, and the skill-set gained from taking the role of both a choreographer and performer in a practical setting provide a range of favourable skills for both employment and university. This course is assessed predominantly through internally assessed coursework, and assessment has a larger focus on practical work and covers a wider range of dance style compared to the A Level.
You do not need to have studied BTEC or GCSE Dance before, but having prior practical experience is essential. Practical assessments will be in a wide variety of styles, but as long as you’re enthusiastic and willing to learn, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t studied a specific style before. Students are required to already have competent technique in dance on admission, and all applicants should attend Wyke start practical audition workshops in order to be accepted on the course.
THE DANCE DEPARTMENT AT WYKE SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
Teaching staff in the dance department include Toni Knight (Head of Dance and Theory teacher) and Laura Bulless (Teacher of 1st and 2nd year practical), alongside extra-curricular teachers Julie Lovewell (Head of Dance at NAPA) and David Danville (founder of Skyline Studios). The department uses a rehearsal and performance space that has a fully sprung dance floor, mirrors, sound and lighting facilities. It has access to the college Library and classroom facilities as well as the state of the art College ICT facilities.
UNIT 3: GROUP PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP (EXTERNALLY ASSESSED)
In this unit, you will learn how to respond to a given stimulus as part of a group, using research, discussion and practical exploration to develop performance material and later present an informal presentation of the work to an invited audience. As a member of a team, you will contribute to the creative development and rehearsal process, shaping and refining the work and applying performance and teamwork skills. You will share responsibility for creative decisions regarding the nature and direction of the intended performance, and your individual contribution will reflect your own skills through the group’s interests and ideas.
UNIT 34: DEVELOPING SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR PERFORMANCE
This unit serves as an induction into the performing arts where you will develop the appropriate skills and techniques in the performance discipline of dance. You will participate in regular workshops, classes and exercises where you will acquire, practice and develop the necessary technical, practical and interpretative performance skills to help you succeed when performing live to an audience. You will consider the nature, skills and attributes of the performer’s role in your chosen discipline. You will work with existing performance works, analysing and interpreting the material in order to understand and apply the relevant skills and techniques appropriate to the style. In practical classes you will demonstrate the discipline, focus and commitment the role of the performer requires.
UNIT 11: STREET DANCE TECHNIQUE
In this unit, you will develop the skills and techniques that will enable you to understand the key technical and stylistic features of street dance through participating in technique classes, rehearsals and performance work. By learning and watching different street dance techniques, you will develop an understanding of the diversity of this dance form and the practitioners who have influenced the development of the style. You will reflect on your progress as you develop skills and techniques, setting targets and reviewing your progress.
UNIT 12: CONTEMPORARY DANCE TECHNIQUE
In this unit, you will develop the skills needed to be a contemporary dancer by participating in technique classes, rehearsals and performance. You will gain an understanding of this dance style and the key influences on its development through research and practical application. Throughout your learning and development you will be taught how to reflect on your progress and practice, which will support your development as a dancer.
UNIT 14: CHOREOGRAPHY FOR LIVE PERFORMANCE
This unit focuses on your understanding and practice of choreography and will give you the opportunity to explore choreographic devices and to respond to a choreographic brief for live performance. You will also investigate the key choreographic features and techniques used by different of choreographers from a range of dance genre. Practically, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of choreography through seminars, workshops and rehearsals. You will then apply your choreographic skills and techniques in choreographing a live performance based on a selected stimulus. During the process, you will learn how to reflect on, evaluate and improve your choreography skills, so that you can create your own performance work.
In this enrichment, you will:
• Compete in a range of styles including contemporary, street/commercial, tap and ballet.
• Enter the ‘That’s Showbiz’ national competition.
• In 2019 were crowned national champions, beating 6000+ dancers from 200 dance schools. Wyke were the only sixth form college to compete; going against professional dance schools.
• Sessions are led by external coaches including Julie Lovewell (NAPA) and David Danville (Skyline)
CONTEMPORARY DANCE QUALIFICATION
In this enrichment, you can complete one of the following qualifications:
• Grade 6 (£50), Inter-foundation (£65), Intermediate (£70)
• All of these courses carry UCAS points.
• During the programme you will study the following
• Warm Up Exercises, Barre Exercises, Floor and Standing Exercises, Set Amalgamations, Examiner’s dance and Student Choreography.
This enrichment will be put into your timetable for one session per week.
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