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Subject Intent: Why Dance?

Dance is more than just a form of entertainment. Dance builds connections between students and our ever-developing world; it is embedded within every culture and allows us to explore and share traditions. Studying dance also promotes opportunities for students to develop many personal and employability skills such as collaboration, discipline and adaptability that will benefit our students as they move on to face the challenges found in Higher Education or employment.

Why should I study this subject?
Dance allows students to share creative practice and learn a variety of skills whilst collaborating in all lessons. It also gives students the platform to perform and present their work in a range of settings. They will also have the opportunity to work with industry professionals and previous students who have successfully been accepted onto performing arts conservatoires.


What will I study?
The A-Level course allows students to perform, choreograph and appreciate professional work from various genres of dance. The course is split with 50 % practical and 50% theory work and therefore students must understand the importance of their academic studies and how this supports their practical development. Students must enjoy both elements to be successful on the course.

Practical elements
• Solo (Performance) by a professional practitioner
• Quartet (Performance)
• Groups Choreography

Theoretical elements
• Rooster by Christopher Bruce
• Rambert Dance Company
• American Jazz Dance 1930-1975
• Singin’ in the Rain – Gene Kelly and Stanley Donan

What are the entry requirements?
Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.

“I really enjoyed being able to have a mix of practical and academic learning because this enabled me to grow in confidence and develop my ability as a dancer. The opportunities I had were plenty and ranged from watching Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake to a Gary Clarke workshop which allowed me to expand my style”
Charlotte Spink – Brayton Academy