Year 9 Options 20/21 - Performing Arts - Dance

Examination Board:
Course Description:
The course has been designed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of dance and
provides a vocational route through Key Stage 4. The course provides students with the opportunity to develop
existing skills as well as learning new skills.
Students will complete three units of work:
Component 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts
Component 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
Component 3 – Performing to a Brief
How will students learn?
Students will learn through a variety of ways including taking part in workshops, group and individual work,
rehearsing, performing and analysing. They will learn about practitioners and performance styles through
research tasks and practical exploration and then apply their knowledge within the final unit, creating a piece
based on a set brief. Previous experience of dance would be ideal but not essential. Enthusiasm and a
willingness to take part is more important!
All students must be prepared to perform both on their own and in groups, in front of a variety of different
audiences. Students should be organised and carry out regular reviews of their progress.
All students are expected to be involved in school productions and be prepared to attend rehearsals in
lunchtimes and after school. Pupils choosing dance will also be expected to attend dance club.
How will the course be assessed?
Component 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts Internal Assessment 30%
Component 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques Internal Assessment 30%
Component 3 – Performing to a Brief External Assessment 40%
Education Pathways after Year 11:
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Performing Arts. This would allow access to degree courses in Performing
Career Routes:
Artistic Director
Working in a theatre
Entertainment Industry
Holiday Rep
Working with children
Cruise ship entertainer