The A Level Dance course aims to encourage students to develop, demonstrate and articulate practical and theoretical knowledge. Students will understand and experience technical and performance skills while exploring the process and art of choreography. The viewing and appreciation of professional dance works will help inspire students to analyse artistic and cultural contexts, applying this to their own creations.
This course is designed for students who are curious and enthusiastic about developing practical elements of dance and gaining a strong understanding of dance history.
Study will focus on both historical and current dance practices predominantly in the styles of American Jazz, drawing information from popular movies and practitioners such as Singin’ in the Rain and Gene Kelly and the Contemporary style looking at Christopher Bruce’s Rooster and Rambert Dance Company. Practical exploration of these styles is at the centre of the specification and within this, students will choreograph, perform and teach thus developing their practical understanding.
Students will gain an abundance of future life skills including teamwork, communication, self-discipline and leadership whilst developing your artistic excellence, intellectual curiosity and creative mindset. All of these are sought after skills by higher education and employers and will help students stand out in the workplace no matter their choice of career.
Ballet, Jazz & Modern Technique
In this unit you will be introduced to the dance styles and their historical contexts. This unit aims to provide students with the foundations through practical exploration of the key styles.
This unit will finish with a duet choreography assessment project.
Christopher Bruce Repertoire work
You will study key practitioner, Christopher Bruce and his stylistic features through practically and theoretically exploring a selection of his professional works. You will understand, analyse, learn, choreograph and perform in Bruce’s neo-classical style.
Working with a Stimulus
You will develop your choreographic skills by working in groups to create a piece of choreography inspired by a stimulus. This unit prepares students for their Group Choreography assessment based on a choice of stimulus set by AQA.
Rambert Dance Company
In this unit you will research and expand your understanding of Rambert Dance Company. Focusing on the historical factors that impacted the company, looking at the 1960s that saw the start of a process to introduce modern dance to Britain. You will delve into the contemporary professional dance work Rooster by Christopher Bruce
Component 1: Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner
You will finish year 12 by completing the first part of your solo assessments. This allows you to continue your work when you begin year 13. You will choose from a list of choreographers which one you would like to inspire your choreography.
There are two components in the course. Component 1: Performance & Choreography includes three assessments, solo performance, quartet and group choreography, which will all be assessed by a visiting examiner. Component 2: Critical Engagement is a written examination that is assessed externally.
- Bob Fosse – https://www.masterworksbroadway.com/artist/bob-fosse/
- Bob Fosse’s ‘The Rich Man’s Frug’ –
- Christopher Bruce, Rambert – https://www.rambert.org.uk/performance-database/people/christopher-bruce/
- Fred Astaire & Gene Kelly – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKapFZt-sO0
- Gene Kelly – https://www.notablebiographies.com/Jo-Ki/Kelly-Gene.html
- Jerome Robbins – http://jeromerobbins.org/
- Rambert Archive Resources – http://www.rambert.org.uk/explore/rambert-archive/
- Rambert Dance Company – https://www.rambert.org.uk/about-us/
- Richard Alston – https://www.richardalstondance.com/richard
- Rooster, Christopher Bruce – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bTW8tPL6qY&list=PL4F3B261E734B7D91
- Sadlers Wells Bruce Resources – https://www.sadlerswells.com/search/?q=christopher+bruce&cx=011311583532706129781%3Anye83nayopo&ie=UTF-8&sa=Go