Year 10 & 11 GCSE DANCE AQA – 8236
An exciting and diverse specification Dance is a powerful and expressive subject which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity, whatever their previous experience in the subject.
This specification recognises the role of dance in young people’s lives and students will study a range of dance styles and style fusions. Apart from the solo performance, they can choose any style in which to perform and choreograph, providing it meets the assessment criteria.
The study of the anthology of professional works will develop their ability to critically appraise professional dance works and provide a springboard for engaging in practical tasks.
Students must complete both assessment components.
Component 1: Performance and choreography
What is assessed
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)
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 is assessed: Internally marked and externally moderated
Performance 30% of GCSE final mark
Choreography 30% of GCSE final mark
Total component 60%
Component 2: Dance appreciation
What is assessed
Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
Critical appreciation of own work
Critical appreciation of professional works
How it is assessed
40% of GCSE final mark
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
The subject content details the knowledge, understanding and skills that students are expected to learn during the course of study. This is set out below in three core areas of dance: performance, choreography and appreciation.
The GCSE Dance Anthology
The GCSE Dance Anthology underpins learning across each of the three core areas.
The anthology’s mix of artistic, cultural and aesthetically diverse works, has been selected to broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of the wide range of dance choreographed and performed in the United Kingdom today.
The anthology consists of six short professional dance works each between 12 and 30 minutes duration. There is a filmed interview with the choreographer or company associate, which explores the choreographic approach of the choreographer and the defining characteristics of each work. Students must study all six works.
Together the six works include:
• different dance styles and fusions of style
• a selection of established and emerging choreographers
• different numbers and combinations of dancers
• a variety of choreographic approaches
• different choreographic structures
• a variety of types of performance environment
• a variety of aural settings
• inclusive dance
• dance influenced by other cultures.
Study of the works can inspire students to develop their own performance, creative and choreographic practice, at the same time as the knowledge, understanding and analytical skills required for critical appreciation.