North Birmingham Academy

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Dance

Curriculum Vision

 

"Every day brings a chance for you to draw breath, kick off your shoes, and dance."  Oprah Winfrey

 

Dance is an expressive, creative and dynamic art form.  It helps shape a person's sense of identity and draws out leadership skills, teamwork, discipline, determination, time management, critical thinking and problem solving. 

The physical activity promotes a healthy lifestyle and a strong send of well-being in addition to improving strength, flexibility, endurance and balance. 

At NBA, Dance forms a valuable part of the curriculum which is purposely varied to allow students with different dance backgrounds and abilities to succeed.  They gain an understanding of the professional world of Performing Arts and extend their knowledge of dance technique whilst developing important skills, both specific to dance and those which are transferable, including literacy and numeracy. 

Throughout the year we also offer numerous public performance opportunities such as NBA's Got Talent, The Christmas Extravaganza, The School Show and an end of term Music & Dance Festival.  We regularly offer students opportunities to see live dance works by professional artists, in additional to dance workshops with experts in their field.

Experts from Stanford University have proved that dancing makings you smarter - "Dancing integrates several brain functions at once - kinaesthetic, rational, musical, and emotional - further increasing your neural connectivity", so it represents an excellent choice of subject.

NBA will prepare you for the study of dance and the performing arts at degree level if this is your chosen career path.  The industry is vast, employing an estimated 30,000 people in dance related roles in the UK alone.  There are numerous professions in dance, from dancing, teaching, choreography or dance notation.  In additional to this, people work in the dance industry as community dance practitioners, promoters, producers, designers, publicists, technicians, physiotherapists, medical and alternative practitioners, therapists, writers and academics. 

 

Department Staff 

 

Head of Department:  Miss K. Taylor

   Katherine.Taylor@E-ACT.org.uk

Teacher:  Miss A. Thomas

   Ashley.Thomas@E-ACT.org.uk

Teacher:  Miss C. Dunn

   Charlotte.Dunn@E-ACT.org.uk

Teacher:  Miss C. Smith

   Chantelle.Smith@E-ACT.org.uk

 

KS3

At Key Stage Three students will have the opportunity to develop their choreographic, performance and analytical skills over each year of study, preparing them fully for further study should they choose this option at Key Stage Four. 

Year 7

Students will learn different action, dynamics, use of space, relationships and choreographic devices to instill a strong foundation for choreography.  Their performance skills will be assessed through taught phrases of movement, and how they can adapt choreography to suit different themes.  In this year, students will also study the style of Rock & Roll, in additional to the professional work 'Ghost Dances' by Christopher Bruce.

Year 8

Students will increase their choreographic skills through use of motif development and choreographic devices.  This additional knowledge will allow students to begin to create dance work for purpose, exploring different and more complex use of stimuli as well as dance for camera and site-sensitive work.  In this year, students will study the styles of Parkour and Hip-Hop using Emancipation of Expressionism by Kendrick H20 Sandy (Boy Blue Entertainment) as inspiration. 

Year 9

Students will focus on physical skills when refining choreography and replicating movement accurately.  During a choreography project, students will have the opportunity to act as choreographer for a group of students taking ownership of movement and technical decisions before submitting their final piece for assessment. In this year, students will study the styles of Salsa and Capoeira looking specifically at the professional work 'A Linha Curva' by Itzik Galili (Bambert Dance Company). 

 

KS4

 

At Key Stage Four students follow the AQA GCSE Dance Specification to enable them to increase performance and choreographic skills, in addition to analysis of professional dance works in a range of styles. 

GCSE Specification

2016 entry onwards

Component 1:  Performance & Choreography - 60%

Students will perform 3 different pieces of dance in a live setting.

Solo performance of 2 taught technical phrases:  Performance in a duet/trio

Solo or group choreography

 

Component 2:  Dance Appreciation - 40%

Students sit a 1hr 30 minute written exam consisting of Section A: short answer questions on choreographic processes and performance skills.

Section B:  questions relating to critical appreciation of the students own work.

Section C:  essay questions relating to critical appreciation of the following professional works:

Artificial Things - Lucy Bennett (Stopgap Dance Company)

A Linha Curva - Itzik Galili (Bambert Dance Company)

Infra - Wayne McGregor (The Royal Ballet)

Shadows - Christopher Bruce (Phoenix Dance Theatre)

Within Her Eyes - James Cousins (James Cousins Company)

Emancipation of Expressionism - Kenrick H20 Sandy (Boy Blue Entertainment)

Current Year 11 Students

Controlled Assessment: 60%

Unit 3:  Performance Piece - Duet, Trio or Group

Unit 4a:  Solo Composition

Unit 4b:  Group Choreography

(Students will provide written programme notes, and 1 piece of coursework)

 

Unit 2:  Set Dance (Find It!)

All practical assessments are performed and marked in the final year.

 

Written Examination:  20%

Students sit a 1hr written exam consisting of

Section A:  short answer questions on Dance Work 1

Section B:  short answer questions on Dance Work 2

Section C:  essay questions comparing and contrasting the 2 dance works

Section D:  short answer questions on any aspect of the specification.

 

Dance Work 1:  The Nutcracker! (Sir Matthew Bourne)

Dance Work 2:  Ghost Dances (Christopher Bruce)

Past Papers     

 

KS5

 

At Key Stage Five students follow the A Level Dance Specification giving them the necessary skills in choreography, performance and analysis for further study in the performing arts.

AS Dance

Component 1:  Performance & Choreography - 50%

Students will perform 2 different pieces of dance in front of a visiting examiner.

Solo Performance

Performance in a duet or trio

 

Component 2:  Critical Engagement - 50%

Students sit a 2hr written examination consisting of

Section A:  short answer questions on own practice

Section B:  short answer questions on the compulsory area of study

Section C:  two essay questions on both areas of study

 

Compulsory area of study:  Bambert Dance Company (formerly Ballet Bambert) 1966-2002

Chosen area of study:  The independent contemporary dance scene in Britain 2000-current.

A Level Dance

Component 1:  Performance & Choreography - 50%

Students will perform 3 different pieces of dance in front of a visiting examiner.

Solo performance linked to a specific practitioner

Performance in a quartet

Group Choreography

 

Component 2:  Critical Engagement - 50%

Students sit a 2hr 30 minute written examination consisting of

Section A:  short answer questions and an essay question of the compulsory set work/area of study

Section B:  two essay questions on an optional set work and area of study

 

Compulsory set work:  Rooster by Christopher Bruce (1991)

Compulsory area of study:  Bambert Dance Company (formerly Ballet Bambert) 1966-2002

Chosen area of study:  The independent contemporary dance scene in Britain 2000-current.

 

Course Information

 

GCSE Dance

Course Name:  GCSE Dance

Course Type:  GCSE

Exam Board:  AQA

Spec Code (2016/17): 4230

Spec Code (2017/18): 8236

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 A Level Dance

Course Name:  A Level Dance

Course Type:  A Level

Exam Board:  AQA

Spec Code AS: 7236

Spec Code A Level: 7237

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