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By studying Dance there are firstly several health benefits such as improving your fitness and mental benefits such as reducing stress and expressing emotions.
Dance can be separated into three disciplines; performance, choreography and understanding  and appreciation.  The three disciplines are taught and developed together with the aim to build personal skills such as creativity, confidence, communication, negotiation and problem-solving - skills that pupils can draw upon to succeed, not only in Dance but beyond the curriculum and in future employment and life.

How are the topics/units structured?

Pupills will study five lessons of BTEC Dance per fortnight and over the two years they will complete three components.  The course is comprised of both written and practical elements.

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts

Study three contrasting performances / Explore performance styles, creative intentions and purpose / Investigate the creation and influence of the performance / Discover roles, skills, techniques, processes.

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques

Take part in workshops, classes and rehearsals / Improve physical, interpretative, vocal and rehearsal skills / Perform an extract from an existing piece of work / Reflect on their progress, performance and how they could improve.

Component 3: Performing to a Brief

Devise their own performance / Work collectively and individually to explore ideas for a performance / Build on their skills in classes, workshops and rehearsals / Review the process using an ideas and skills log / Perform a piece to their chosen audience / Reflect on their performance in an evaluation report.


How will pupils be assessed?

Component 1:  Exploring the Performing Arts - Written piece of coursework looking at three different dance styles and professional works.  Worth 30% of the course and it is internally assessed.

Component 2:  Developing skills and Techniques in Performing Arts - Written coursework and a two minute replication piece of a professional works (This component is mostly practical).  Worth 30% of the course and it is internally assessed.

Component 3:  Performing to a Brief - Split into four exams, three written logs and one practical exam with must be completed in a group and last for approximately 7-10 minutes.  Worth 40% of the course and it is externally assessed.

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