Dance GCSE


What will you learn?

In GCSE Dance you will learn how to work imaginatively, creatively and collaborate individually with peers. You will learn how to develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills. To do this you will be introduced to a range of dance styles and dance fusions. You will also explore the anthology of 6 professional Dance works, you will learn about a variety of different choreographers and their approach to creating these dances. You will analyse these based on the choreographic content, the choreographic intent, features of productions and performance environments.

What is covered?

Knowledge, understanding and skills for performance:

  • Physical skills and attributes

  • Technical skills

  • Expressive skills

  • Mental skills

  • Safe working practices

Knowledge, understanding and skills for choreography:

  • Action content

  • Dynamic content

  • Spatial content

  • Relationship content

  • Choreographic processes

  • Structuring devices and form

  • Choreographic devices

  • Aural settings

  • Performance environments

  • Communication of choreographic intent

Knowledge and understanding of critical appreciation of own work in both performance and choreography:

  • The meaning of the relevant performance terminology

  • The contribution of performance to audience understanding of the choreographic intent of the work being performed

Critically appreciating the following set works:

  • Artificial Things

  • A Linha Curva

  • Infra

  • Shadows

  • Within Her Eyes

  • Emancipation of Expressionism

Knowledge and understanding for critical appreciation of the professional set works:

  • Choreographic content

  • Choreographic intent

  • Choreographic approaches

  • Performance environments

  • Features of production

How will you be assessed?

Component 1 = Performance and choreography

Performance = 30%

  • Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration)

  • Duet/trio performance (three minutes in a dance which is a maximum of five minutes in duration)

Choreography = 30%

  • Solo or group choreography – a solo (two to two and a half minutes) or a group dance for two to five dancers (three to three and a half minutes)

Total component = 60%

Component 2 = Dance appreciation

40% of GCSE

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills.

  • Critical appreciation of own work.

  • Critical appreciation of professional works.

Where can this subject take you in the future?

Many of the skills acquired in following GCSE Dance are those which are essential to the students’ other areas of study within the world of work. The course is also a useful introduction to careers in professional dancing, teaching, TV, theatre pathways, fitness instructing, Dance critic, Dance therapist and an administrator for a Dance company.

Dance and Performing Arts courses are available at local colleges, and favour students who have this qualification. Universities offer Dance courses and some offer combination degree courses of Dance with Art, Drama, and Dance Science. Alternatively there are many well renowned Dance academies and schools.