GCSE Dance is a practical course designed for students who are enthusiastic about dance. The course aims to develop ‘the thinking dancer’.
GCSE Dance gives students the opportunity to experience learning through performance in a range of different dance styles, choreographic approaches and the art of choreography, by responding to exciting stimuli. Critical appreciation of dance is taught through the study of professional dance works choreographed by both established and emerging choreographers. During the course, learners will experience exploring and synthesising ideas, thoughts and meaning through movement. The study of professional dance works and their own dance practice will enable learners to develop a broad theoretical knowledge while enhancing and enriching their practical work.
Students develop their physical attributes including posture, alignment, balance, coordination, control, flexibility, mobility, strength, stamina, extension and isolation. Mental skills such as confidence, concentration, commitment and movement memory are explored. Students are challenged and encouraged to achieve expressive skills including, projection, focus, spatial awareness, facial expression, phrasing, musicality, sensitivity to other dancers.
Students explore action, dynamic, spatial and relationship content to communicate a choreographic intent. They will learn about the choreographic process, including researching, improvising, generating, selecting, developing, structuring, refining and synthesising. They will be taught how to use choreographic devices within their work and to experiment with a range of actions (travel, turn, elevation, gesture, stillness, use of different body parts, floor work, and transfer of weight.) Dynamic content will require students to work with time, weight, flow and the space. They will develop their choreographic understanding of relationships within dance such as lead and follow, mirroring, action and reaction, accumulation, complement and contrast, counterpoint, contact and formations.
Identifying areas of strength and areas for development and responding to feedback about their own dance practice.
Students develop an understanding about how to communicate a choreographic intention through the exploration of mood(s), meaning(s), idea(s), theme(s) and style/style fusion(s). They also analyse choreographic content which includes movement (action, dynamics, space and relationships). Students will learn how to identify choreographic structures, forms (binary, ternary, rondo, narrative, episodic, beginning/middle/end, unity, logical sequence, transitions.) and choreographic devices (motif and development, repetition, contrast, highlights, climax, manipulation of number, unison and canon).
Students will also learn how to understand the components in order to interpret and appreciate the impact of the choreographic meaning.