The Dance Department prides itself on making dance accessible to all students, using a variety of dance styles either in the classroom, or through extra-curricular and touring companies. All students will experience dance during their time at Prince William School and will gain expertise in choreography, performance and analysis.
Many of our students continue on to develop careers in dance, choreography, teaching, journalism and performing.
The department is extremely well equipped with two dance studios, both of which house full height mirrors and sound systems, and our biggest studio is rigged with performance lighting. The future for Dance is exciting at Prince William School as, in addition to our current facilities, we are anticipating having some beautiful new spaces built.
The GCSE Dance course will be following the AQA specification from September 2016. The study of the anthology of professional works will develop student’s ability to critically appraise professional dance works and provides a springboard for engaging in practical tasks.
Component 1: Performance and Choreography 60%
- 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)
Component 2: Dance Appreciation 40%
- Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
- Critical appreciation of own work
- Critical appreciation of professional works
The A Level Dance course is a dynamic qualification which encourages students to develop their creative and intellectual capacity, alongside transferable skills such as team working, communication and problem solving.
Students will study a variety of practitioners through both practical and theoretical elements in preparation for the final exams. All students will complete three performances and one written paper.
Component 1: Performance and Choreography 50%
- Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner within an area of study
- Performance in a quartet
- Group choreography
Component 2: Critical Engagement 50%
Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works.
- One compulsory set work within the compulsory area of study
- One optional set work within the corresponding area of study, from a choice of four.