The course actively engages students in a variety of genres of dance through a process designed to develop them as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers, with enquiring minds in all areas of their studies. It develops students’ skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of dance styles and areas of dance. Through development of physical, technical and expressive skills, students are able to communicate choreographic intention and develop their individual qualities as performers. It also develops a critical appreciation of dance in its physical, artistic, aesthetic and cultural contexts whilst improving students’ resilience and confidence. Students will be able to experience this within the high-spec dance studio as well as having opportunities to work with professional companies and choreographers.
Exam board: AQA
Essential Entry Requirements: Standard Sixth Form requirements; a Grade B in GCSE Dance or equivalent Dance exams is beneficial.
Preferred Entry Requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE English, but we will consider students with a Grade 5 in GCSE English if their GCSE grades in other subjects are sufficiently strong.
Pre-Course Material: This is available here.
Assessment is 50% Practical, 50% Written Appreciation.
Component 1: Performance and choreography. Practical exam, 80 marks: 50% of A-Level
- Solo performance linked to a specific practitioner within an area of study.
- Performance in a quartet (in any style, relevant to the defined genres set by the exam board).
- Group choreography (students choose 1 question from a selection set by the exam board).
Component 2: Critical engagement. Written exam of 2.5 hours, 100 marks: 50% of A-Level
- Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of a compulsory set work and its location within a corresponding area of study. This will be Rooster by Christopher Bruce for the lifetime of the course.
- Knowledge and understanding and critical appreciation of Rambert Dance Company and two named practitioners associated with the development of the company from a prescribed list.
- Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of one optional set work and its location within a corresponding area of study. In this case, you will study Sutra, choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and its corresponding area of the independent contemporary dance scene.
Pavillion Dance South West Associate School
Twynham School is an associate school of Pavilion Dance South West. Pavilion Dance South West is the National Dance Development Organisation for the South West of England, supporting regional dance strategy development and representing the South West Dance sector nationally. They work collaboratively with partners across the South West who share a commitment to develop and sustain opportunities for people in the region to make, present, watch and participate in dance. Twynham has been given the opportunity to work with the company and have an exciting association with the dance industry. Our association offers dance students:
- Free tickets for students to professional performances
- Q and A sessions with artists (pre- or post-performance)
- Workshops with visiting professional dance companies
- Curtain raiser performances
- Residencies with visiting companies
- Youth dance platform entry
- Work experience for those wanting to follow a career in dance or theatre
- Networking with top industry professionals
Extra- Curricular opportunities
- Rock Challenge
- Dance Showcase at Pavilion Dance
- Dance club
- Opportunities at Pavilion Dance South West and resident choreographers
- School musical
- Subsidised contemporary classes with fuZe8 contemporary dance company