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Dance

GCSE Course

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A Thriving Performing Arts Scene

A Thriving Performing Arts Scene

King's has always enjoyed huge successes in the performing arts. Our music and drama departments are strong, regularly demonstrating the individual talents of our pupils in a variety of settings.

Our yearly shows are fully staged with lighting, costume, music and dance numbers adding that bit of extra sparkle.

This year, to further develop and enhance our thriving performing arts, we are delighted to offer GCSE dance as an option in the Fourth Form.


A Creative Journey

A Creative Journey


Following the AQA GCSE curriculum, dance pupils will learn to choreograph, perform and appreciate dance as an art form. This holistic engagement with dance informs their development as creative and artistic individuals, and broadens their aesthetic, social and cultural experience.

Dance and Performing Arts at King's
Curriculum

Curriculum

Component 1: Performance and Choreography

What's Assessed?

Performance

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

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)

How it's Assessed

Internally marked and externally moderated

Performance

30% of GCSE
40 marks

Choreography

30% of GCSE
40 marks
Total component 60%

Non-exam assessment (NEA) marked by the centre and moderated by AQA

Curriculum (cont)

Curriculum (cont)

Component 2: Dance Appreciation

What's Assessed

Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
Critical appreciation of own work
Critical appreciation of professional works


How it's Assessed

40% of GCSE


Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
80 marks

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Visiting Dance Teachers

Visiting Dance Teachers


Our department will be joined by a number of dance teachers throughout the year.

Jess Bale is currently working with pupils delivering hip-hop dance sessions. She has appeared on stage with the likes of Alexandra Burke and Heather Small.


Kelly Druce is an ISTD teacher who has also performed as a commercial dancer on tv and in various music videos. Though traditionally trained, Kelly specialises in urban dance, jazz, modern and Latin American.

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13+ Scholarships

13+ Scholarships

Academic, Art, Drama (including Performing Arts), DT, Music, and Sport

Closing date: 1 February 2019

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