Why Study Dance?

This course offers you the chance to develop your skills in choreography, performance and analysis. Energy and commitment are the main requirements for this physically and mentally demanding course.

Technical classes focus on contemporary dance genres. Workshops in many other styles, which relate to specific areas of study, are also learnt and these can range from ballet to kathak.

The compulsory area of study is Rambert Dance Company and we choose an optional area of study from The Independent Contemporary Dance Scene in Britain and American Jazz Dance.

We follow the AQA A Level Dance specification. The course is linear and assessment of the course is in the final year through a practical exam and written exam.

Why Study Dance at Worcester Sixth Form College?

  • You will benefit from a large well-equipped dance studio and an extensive range of subject resources. Classes are small to allow for tailored individual feedback on choreography, performance and analysis. Students who study Dance are timetabled so that they share rehearsal times and can participate in the College Production and other performances.
  • Close links with Dancefest, the dance agency for Worcestershire and Herefordshire: the chance to perform at Dancefest events including ‘Worcestershire Dancing’ each summer.
  • Workshops with universities and visiting professionals.
  • Trips and visits (recently these have included the University of Falmouth, Bristol Hippodrome and Birmingham Hippodrome).
  • Participation in the Performing Arts Academy.

Progression Opportunities

Many students go on to study Dance at degree level, focusing on performance, choreography or analysis. Recently students have gone on to train at Dance conservertoires such as Northern School of Contemporary Dance, London Studio Centre and Trinity Laban. Others have progressed to university to study a diverse range of subjects. Each year some students seek employment in the industry. However, many prefer to look on their Dance A Level as having been an enjoyable way to gain a qualification which has also provided them with transferable skills for other employment/careers such as team work, problem solving, management and motivation of others, communication and expression.

Dance Becca Chudley

Becca Chudley

Dance - Home-educated
I was home-schooled until year 11, then I came to College to study GCSEs. I have been dancing since I was 9 years old and have always loved how movement allows me to express myself creatively. As well as Dance, I chose Media Studies and Psychology, and my diverse choice of subjects has enabled me to learn a multitude of different skills. This course has allowed me to develop my skills in dance. My technique, strength, and choreographic skills have all improved. I can now create choreography that uses choreographic devices effectively and communicates dance ideas more clearly than I was able to before starting this course. I have continued with external dance classes, which have supported the skills I have learnt and developed during this course. I plan to take a gap year before doing a BA in Dance. After that, I hope to do a post-graduate MA in Dance/Movement Psychotherapy.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification Name Maths GCSE Req. English GCSE Req. Other Req. Desirable Qualifications Skills & Attributes Required for Success Guidance on Costs or Commitments
Dance4GCSE Dance at grade 4 or above or equivalent level of experience.Commitment to rehearsal and good attendanceOptional visits/ workshops approx £30. Participation in timetabled rehearsals and on Wednesday afternoons.

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