Performing Arts: Dance 

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Year 9

Autumn Term
Students will begin by working on a series of workshops where they will develop their Street dance skills.
The second half of the term will involve learning about Contact Improvisation.
All work conducted this year will enable students to develop their fitness, creativity, choreographic skills and technique.

Spring Term
In the spring we move on to learning about Contemporary and Jazz styles.
Choreographic skills continue to be a focus as students are encouraged to develop their own work.

Summer Term
Students complete their work using Contemporary and Jazz styles.

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Year 10 (exam board: Edexcel B)

Autumn Term
Course Introduction: Students will be introduced to safe practice, development of contemporary dance technique and developing physical and interpretive skills for technique and performance

Unit 3 – Performance in a Duo/Group (20%)

Unit 1 – Dance Appreciation (20%)
Students prepare a duo/group dance lasting 3 minutes that has 3 clear links to professional work 1.

Unit 2 – Set Dance (20%)
Learn and rehearse a set dance lasting 1 minute.

All work in these units will focus on physical, technical and mental skills necessary for effective performance. Also covered are expressive skills in performance and understanding how to achieve high quality performance. There is a focus on knowledge and understanding of health, fitness and safe working practice.

Spring Term
Unit 4 – Choreography (40%) & Unit 1 – Dance Appreciation (20%)
Task A Solo Composition (15%) linked to professional work 2. Students learn 3 motifs from professional work 2 and develop these into a solo composition lasting approximately 1 minute.
This term will focus on the critical appreciation of professional work and the students will be required to conduct research, investigating potential ideas and improvise from the initial stimulus.

Unit 4 – Choreography (40%)
Task B – Solo/Group Composition (25%) Introduction
Students select a stimulus from a prescribed list and develop it into either a group choreography lasting 2 ½ - 3 minutes or a solo choreography lasting 1 ½ - 2 minutes.

Summer Term
Unit 4 – Choreography (40%)

Task B – Solo/Group Composition (25%) Introduction

Students continue to work on the development of their choreography.

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Year 11

Autumn Term
Unit 3 Performance in a Duo/Group (20%)

Unit 2 Set Dance (20%)

Spring Term
Unit 1 Critical Appreciation of Dance (20%)
Preparation for the 1 hour written examination which is based on 2 professional dance works studied on the course.

Students will understand the physical, aesthetic and artistic contexts of the professional dance works. They will be required to compare & contrast works, styles and cultural influences and reflect on their own performance and choreographic work.

Summer Term
Students will conduct final preparations and rehearsals for their performances for the moderator. Final revision sessions will take place for the written exam (Unit 1).

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Year 12 (exam board: AQA)

Autumn Term
Unit 45: Developing Contemporary Dance Technique
Contemporary dance technique is essential for anyone intending to work in choreography and performance or wishing to progress to higher qualification levels. Many dance companies and choreographers use contemporary dance, and ballet companies often stipulate that they require understanding of contemporary dance in performance. Professional dance companies also use contemporary dance classes as part of their ongoing training schedule.
This unit is about developing contemporary dance technique giving students the opportunity to gain a solid foundation of skills in this style of dance. Students take part in weekly technique classes in order to develop the physical and performance skills required for Graham and Cunningham techniques.

Unit 38: Dance Performance
Dance performance is an important element of dance study; the communication of the choreographer’s intention to an audience. This aspect of a dancer’s work is becoming increasingly challenging as today’s performers need to be able to work in a wide variety of contexts and environments. Performers must be versatile, adaptable and highly skilled if they are to be employable in this demanding area of dance. In this unit students will explore and perform dances, getting a taste of the real world of the working dancer, one where talent, technical ability, aesthetic sense, fitness and stamina combine. Students learn and develop performance repertoire in a range of dance styles.

Unit 39: Choreographic Principles
Many dancers are also choreographers and this unit will equip learners with the tools to enable them to make dance for themselves and for other dancers. The process of choreography is exciting and stimulating. Learners will be encouraged to explore their creativity and experiment with a range of dance styles, techniques and movement vocabulary within a supportive framework.

Spring Term
Students will continue working on units 45: Developing Contemporary Dance Technique, 38: Dance Performance, and 39: Choreographic Principles.

Summer Term
End of year showcase in the QEHS theatre.

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Year 13

Autumn Term
Unit 47: Jazz Dance
Jazz dance is the title given to dance used in shows, cabaret, dance routines and popular music videos. Like jazz music, jazz dance was born in bars and nightclubs with its main purpose being to entertain. It has since evolved, encompassing artistically charged work, popular dance and more traditional showbiz styles. The most familiar of these styles is the one that we associate with West End/Broadway shows and covers a whole range of themes and story lines.

Unit 7: Performing to an Audience
This unit focuses on the realisation of rehearsed performance work to a live audience. It can therefore be seen as the ‘icing on the cake’, the culmination of prior training, skills development and rehearsal work applied in a dance performance.

Unit 40: Choreographing Dance
Throughout this unit there will be opportunities for creating original work, from students’ own ideas, to a choice of accompaniment. There will be chances to create dances for staged productions, musical numbers and dance showcases. Dance for music videos will be another option, as well as site-specific choreography, where work is specially devised for a particular place. Students are required to produce dance in more than one style and for different numbers of performers, from solos to small groups.

Spring Term
Students will continue to work on units 47: Jazz Dance, 7: Performing to an Audience and 40: Choreographic Dance.

Summer Term
Students will prepare for and take part in their end of year showcase in the QEHS theatre.

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