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Dance is an empowering form of non-verbal communication and it is both physical and expressive, which makes it similar to and different from other art forms and physical activities. It is also a powerful and expressive subject which encourages students to develop their creative, imaginative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacities, as well as building upon any previous dance technique or styles learnt.
GCSE Dance recognises the role of dance in young people’s lives and students will study a range of dance styles. They can choose any style to perform and choreograph, providing it meets the assessment criteria.
This specification focuses on the aesthetic and artistic qualities of dance and the symbolic use of movement to express and communicate ideas and concepts through the interrelated processes of performance, choreography and appreciation.
The study of the anthology of professional works will develop students’ ability to critically appraise dances of different styles and cultural influences and provides a springboard for writing intelligently about dance and taking part in engaging practical tasks.
Students must complete both assessment components.
Component 1: Internally marked & externally moderated
Performance - 30% of GCSE (40 marks)
Set phrases through a one minute solo performance (15 marks)
A duet/trio performance of about 3½ minutes (25 marks)
Choreography - 30% of GCSE (40 marks)
Solo or group choreography: either a solo dance of 2 to 2½ minutes or a group dance for two to five dancers of 3 to 3½ minutes.
Component 2: (40% of GCSE)
A written exam based on students’ own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance Anthology in which students study six professional works which will show knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills.