Dance (BTEC Level 3)
Why Study Dance?
Studying Dance will enrich your life and support your studies! Dance is not just a physical act but a creative, analytical and evaluative subject. Of course you will be put through your paces in terms of technique and ability as a dancer, but it will also teach you discipline and time management as well as utilise collaborative and reflective skills. It will take you through a range of dance styles such as contemporary, ballet and jazz, as well as choreography and dance appreciation.
In addition to our general entry requirements, you must have:
- GCSE English – grade 3
You will need to take part in an audition.
There is no prerequisite to have studied GCSE or contemporary dance but you do need to have experience of performing and preferably have taken formal classes at some point.
There will be a strong practical emphasis. However, you will take part in evaluations, either in written form or via discussion, video diaries to record your rehearsal processes, scrap books to log or choreographic process and peer performance to gain feedback through a process.
Career and Progression Opportunities
Students have gone on to study Dance further at university and vocational dance schools such as Trinity Laban and London Contemporary Dance School, looking for careers as a performer, choreographer or teacher of the subject.
Other dance specific careers include amateur or facilitator working with specific groups in society. Many artists form their own company in order to work for themselves in a way that is important to them.
Other careers include working within the health and fitness industry, arts administration, stage management and fundraising. Due to the confidence gained through performing, students are well skilled in jobs that require good communications skills and are public facing – such as the travel and tourism industry, PR and marketing.
Transferable skills of creativity, analysis and evaluation make you a unique candidate for any course or employer
This subject can be combined with A Level Drama & Theatre Studies, It is also a complementary course if you are considering teaching PE as a career. For more information about the work and opportunities offered in the department follow their social media accounts:
Independent work and personal preparation are an integral part of being a student and developing yourself as a performing artist and we would expect that for every hour in class there would be at least another hour of time spent by you (4.5 hours a week). There will be some tasks that are set on this course as “homework” but there will also be an expectation that you are continuing the work from the studio/rehearsal room in order to develop your technical skill. Independent work will include:
1. Logging your progress in lessons and setting targets
2. Watching recordings of your work in progress and evaluating/setting targets
3. Line learning/practicing choreography
4. Rehearsing both individually and with classmates
5. Researching a practitioner or style you are currently working
6. Repetition/ practicing technical skill exercises as taught in lesson time
7. Creative exploration/ research in preparation of student led choreography/ devising
8. Engagement with personal fitness, well-being and safe working
Examination Board: Pearson Edexcel
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