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This creative and challenging course specialises in British Contemporary Dance and American Jazz and combines the practical and theoretical study of dance. Through technique classes, choreography workshops, rehearsals and theory sessions, you will develop your passion for dance as both a choreographer and performer, in addition to developing your critical skills through dance theory.
Grade 4 or above in GCSE Dance or dance experience at private dance school. Four further GCSEs at grade 4 or above and audition.
The focus of the course is both contemporary and jazz dance. You will take part in regular technique classes to improve your strength, stamina and flexibility in both genres. You will also explore choreography by developing and structuring movement material in response to a variety of stimuli. You will also have opportunities to perform to the public over the two years.
Theoretically, you will study Rambert Dance Company (and related choreographers), Christopher Bruce’s iconic masterpiece 'Rooster' and Gene Kelly’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, in addition to Bob Fosse’s 'Sweet Charity' and Jerome Robbins’ 'West Side Story'.
3.5 hours of practical dance per week, 1.5 hours dance theory per week. Teacher-led technique classes; student-led choreography. Lectures, industry workshops, trips and youth dance competitions/platforms are offered.
In the second year you will be required to choreograph a group dance, perform as part of a quartet and perform a solo dance. This will be assessed by a visiting AQA examiner. In addition there is a written exam on a compulsory and optional set work. Assessment is 50% practical and 50% written exam.
Many of our dancers go on to further their training at specialist conservatoires for Dance such as Laines, Bird College, Trinity Laban or university. We have many ex-students performing on cruise ships, teaching in schools, performing on the West End and running independent dance schools.
We have a very close relationship with Manic Stage Productions, who offer workshops throughout the year, including aerial skills, dance school audition prep classes, rhythmic gymnastics and much more. You will also have the chance to be part of their agency.
There are great teachers here. This college has felt more like a university than a school, and it’s definitely lived up to that more grown-up feel.Vicky Lipscombe, A Level student
You take control of your own learning…the college were really helpful and always willing to do anything and go that extra step to help me get my grades.Scarlette Tiller, A Level student
I got into both of the universities I wanted to. It happens so fast and it’s an amazing feeling when you think that all of the work you’ve done has paid off in the best way possible.Anton Sukhorukov, A Level student