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Our GCSE Dance course is AQA accredited and designed to meet their specifications. The below seeks to break this down to give you a better understanding of the specifications and what to expect as a student on this course.


Physical skills:

Alignment / balance / coordination / control/ flexibility / mobility / strength / stamina / extension / isolation.

Technical skills:

Action content / dynamic content / relationship content -timing content / rhythmic content / movement in a stylistically accurate way.

Expressive skills:

Projection / focus / spatial awareness / facial expression / phrasing / musicality / sensitivity to other dancers / communication of choreographic intent.

Mental skills:

Systematic repetition / mental rehearsal / rehearsal discipline / planning of rehearsal / response to feedback / capacity to improve. / movement memory / commitment concentration / confidence.

Safe working practices:

Safe execution / warming up / cooling down / nutrition / hydration.


Students perform two set solos (one minute) and a duet/trio (three - five minutes).


Choreographic processes:

Improvising / selecting/ developing / structuring / synthesising

Structuring devices and form:

Binary /ternary /rondo /narrative /transitions /episodic / unity

Choreographic devices:

Motif / repetition / contrast / climax / unison / canon

Aural settings and how they affect choreographic outcomes:

Song / instrumental/spoken word/found sound/mood/structure/ relationship to theme

Performance environments:

Proscenium arch / end stage / site-sensitive/ in-the-round.

Communication of choreographic intent:

Mood(s) / meaning(s) / idea(s) / theme(s)/ style/style fusion(s).


Students learn how to respond creatively to an externally set stimulus to create either: A solo dance between 2 and 2.5 minutes in duration, or a group dance for 2 – 5 dancers, between 3 and 3.5 minutes in duration. They will also write a programme note of 120 - 150 words.

Dance Appreciation

Performance and choreography:

- the meaning of the relevant performance terminology.

- the meaning of relevant choreography terminology.

- the contribution of performance and choreography to audience understanding of the choreographic intent of the work being performed including the mood(s), meaning(s), idea(s), theme(s) and/or style/style fusion(s).


Students study six set works in their entirety and describe, analyse, interpret, evaluate and reflect on the works in response to short answer and extended writing questions in a written exam.

Companies include: Stopgap Dance Company, The Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, James Cousins Company and Boy Blue Entertainment.


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