Brighton Hill Community School


Study & Expressive And Performing Arts

Published on - 08-08-2017

Dance at Key Stage 4

Students may choose to study AQA GCSE Dance from year 9, this is delivered over one double and one single lesson per week.

Dance is a powerful and expressive subject and so encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity, whatever their previous experience in the subject. Students will study a range of dance styles allowing them to choose any style to perform and choreograph in, providing it meets the assessment criteria.

The aim of GCSE dance is to engage students in the process of dance in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers. Students are encouraged to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of dance styles through the process of performances, creating and  appreciating dance. Students will develop technical, physical and expressive skills through which they are able to communicate choreographic intention and develop their individual qualities as performers. Throughout the three years, students will develop a critical appreciation of dance.

Assessment Structure:
Written examination: 40% of total marks

The written paper will be focussing on critical analysis and perceptive understanding of professional dance works, as well as using dance terminology to reflect on and evaluate own performance and choreographic work.

Practical Examination through controlled assessment: 60% of total marks

The practical elements will be focussed on choreography and performance. Candidates will demonstrate their physical competence and effectiveness as a performer. They will also have to choreograph their own work to demonstrate their ability to select appropriate action content in response to a chosen stimulus.

Dance at Key Stage 3
Students in Year 7 and 8 will study dance within one 50 timetabled lesson per week.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about many different genres of dance, including: Street Dance, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Ballroom and Latin American and stimulus based work.

Assessments will take place every half term, and will focus on 3 main elements: Performance, Choreography and Appreciation.

Solo, pair and group work will allow students to express themselves through movement and develop the confidence to perform in front of an audience.

Year 7 and Year 8 extra-curricular dance clubs will run on a weekly basis and all students are encouraged to attend. Such commitment and involvement will help to develop performance skills and also provide students with the opportunity to showcase their talents in displays and productions.