Dance

Qualification type: BTEC
Exam board: Edexcel
Course code: 6030406/6
Contact: Miss Puttergill – aputtergill@retfordoaks-ac.org.uk

Dance is a form of expression in which students are able to convey their emotions and their beliefs through creative exploration.

What will be studied?

• Development of physical performance
• Expressive, technical and interpretive skills
• Choreographic skills and knowledge
• Appreciation and analytical skills

Component 1: exploring the performing arts

This unit gives you a broad understanding of performance work and influences, looking at how practitioners create their work and the process they take from creation, developments and performance. You will study three professional works, each of a different style, both theoretically and practically. You will present a written report to show findings from your research.

Component 2: developing skills and techniques in the performing arts

This unit assesses your ability as a dancer and your technical and interpretive skills. You will explore a chosen style of dance and participate in regular technique and creative classes in this style. This unit also requires you to study a pre-existing piece of work in the chosen
dance style to replicate. You will focus on your physical and interpretive skills, setting yourself targets and reviewing these regularly to understand and improve your performance. Finally, you will apply these skills in a final performance to a live audience.

Component 3: performing to a brief

This unit is externally marked by the exam board. You will be able to work in small groups of three to seven dancers. The exam board will provide you with a stimulus on which you must choreograph a group performance lasting between 10 to 15 minutes. Your performance must respond appropriately to the given stimulus and communicate your ideas clearly to a target audience of your choice. Finally, you will evaluate your creative process, which will be completed in controlled assessment conditions.

Why study dance?

• As performers, students will develop confidence and self-esteem, as well as sensitivity towards others and teamwork.
• As choreographers, students will use the skills of creativity, direction, risk-taking and problem-solving to come up with unique ideas.
• As critics, students will appreciate the work of others by making informed decisions, evaluating visual elements and expressing their own opinions about the dances they see.

Assessment structure

The specification is as follows:
Component 1 – internally assessed
Component 2 – internally assessed
Component 3 – externally assessed

Career opportunities

• Choreographer
• Dance teacher
• Dance administration and management
• Dance movement therapy