Dance teacher at the College, Kirsty, has created a blog to help Dance students with the theoretical side of the course, looking in detail at the specifics of what’s involved in studying Dance at A Level. This is ideal for students who are looking to take Dance A Level in September, as it gives a great insight into the kind of content that you’ll be covering. Click here to visit the blog.
Five GCSEs including Maths & English Language: a minimum of three GCSEs at Grade 4 and two GCSEs at Grade 5. You must also successfully pass an audition.
What is it?
Not just performing dance but also choreographing, working in groups and engaging in critical thinking about the actual art form of dance itself.
Why choose this subject at BSFC?
The College has a strong performing arts culture and each year an ambitious and exciting production is put together by the College's dancers, actors and musicians for a performance to the public. You will have the opportunity to perform you’re a Level practical work to an audience in preparation for your exams and Dance students who wish to get more involved in shows can join Evolve, the College dance company. Your learning is supported by trips to the theatre to watch the works you study and practical workshops run by industry professionals in multiple styles of dance. A Level Dance has a 100% pass rate and lessons are split between the Dance Studio and the Drama Studio, with full use of lighting equipment, theatre seating and mirrors.
What will I study?
Working on dance techniques; choreographing and participating in performances both solo and in groups; researching and understanding dance theory, history and cultural context.
How will I be assessed?
50% written exam, 25% performance & 25% choreography. All at the end of Year 2.
How will this subject prepare me for the world of work?
Aside from pursuing professional dance, the A Level develops crucial skills like communication, analysis, evaluation, creativity, confidence and dedication.
Dancers may like to explore careers in performance, teaching, choreography, design, dance journalism or dance science. Past students have been very successful in their applications to Law, Psychology, Policing, Drama and many other subject pathways.
You can read more useful information about careers in Dance here
Extracurricular Components & Expectations
- All Dance students will be required to attend a minimum of one rehearsal per week outside of the classroom. For Year 2 students, this is to complete your Group Choreography coursework and Year 1 students are required to participate in these in preparation for Year 2.
- At times, Dance students will be required to stay after College for technical rehearsals, costume rehearsals and show nights. Typically, Dance students perform their A Level pieces in a showcase which informs their mock exam before their practical exam.
- Dance students are expected to book rehearsal space to keep on top of their A Level Solo Performance throughout the year.
- Dance students have the option of joining Evolve, our College dance company, and participating in the Performing Arts showcase too.
- Students should aim to attend at least one trip per year.
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