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GCSE Dance Our Year 9-11 Dance curriculum


Curriculum Intent

There are 3 core areas of learning within the AQA GCSE Dance course.
• Performance – 30% = preparing students to perform two solos and duet or trio.
• Choreography – 30% = preparing students to choreograph a group dance.
• Theoretical Components (Written examination) 40%

The GCSE Dance curriculum at LeAF Studio allows for the freedom to create and deliver lessons that will inspire and motivate all students. Dance is a powerful and expressive subject which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity, whatever their previous experience in the subject.

This specification recognises the role of dance in young people’s lives and students will study a range of dance styles and style fusions. Apart from the solo performance, they can choose any style in which to perform and choreograph, providing it meets the assessment criteria.

The study of the anthology of professional works will develop their ability to critically appraise professional dance works and provide a springboard for engaging in practical tasks.

The AQA GCSE Dance curriculum is ideal for able dancers who are both practically strong and academically able.

Performance: Students must develop and apply the following knowledge, understanding and skills to perform dance as a soloist for approximately one minute and in a duet/trio for a minimum of three minutes.
The total duration of a student’s performance must be no less than three and a half minutes.

Choreography: Students must learn how to respond creatively to an externally set stimulus, to choreograph their own complete dance. The dance created must be either:
• a solo dance of a minimum of two minutes and a maximum of two and a half minutes or
• a group dance of a minimum of three minutes and a maximum of three and a half minutes for two to five dancers.

AQA set relevant and exciting stimuli for all choreography and broadened their range of professional works. Their written assessment is clear, well-structured and easy for students to understand. The AQA Dance course assists in creating a well-rounded versatile dancer both practically and academically.

Our full Dance curriculum intent, implementation and impact document can be found by clicking here.

AQA GCSE Dance Specification