A Level

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Dance, A-Level AF-DANCAL-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

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This creative and challenging course specialises in British Contemporary Dance and American Jazz Dance 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 analysis skills through Dance theory.

This course not only develops your physical skills needed for a career in the Dance industry, but it also enables you to develop a high degree of physical fitness, expands your creative outlet, and builds social and communication skills, confidence and resilience, all of which are transferrable and applicable to many career paths and walks of life.

Grade 4 or above in GCSE Dance or dance experience at private dance school. Four further GCSEs at grade 4 or above.

Component 1 – Performance and Choreography
Component 2 – Critical Engagement

The two main genres you will study are Contemporary and American Jazz Dance. You will take part in regular technique classes in both genres to improve your strength, stamina and flexibility. You will also develop your choreography skills by experimenting with movement material in response to a variety of stimuli. Additionally, you will have opportunities to perform to the public, including in the College’s annual Spring Dance Showcase.

In order to develop your knowledge of Dance theory, you will study Rambert Dance Company and related Contemporary Dance choreographers, for example; Christopher Bruce and the iconic masterpiece ‘Rooster’.  You will also study American Jazz Dance and expand your critical engagement skills by exploring significant American Jazz works such as Gene Kelly’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, Bob Fosse’s ‘Sweet Charity’ and Jerome Robbins’ ‘West Side Story’.

The week is divided into two lessons, a 2.5 hour practical lesson and a 2.5 hour theory lesson. Both lessons take place in a large purpose-built dance studio with mirrors and sprung flooring, which demonstrates safe practice and offers a fantastic creative space for you. 

Practical lessons combine teacher-led technique sessions and student-led choreography, as well as opportunities to work with industry professionals. Theory lessons are interactive and incorporate a range of teaching and learning methods, such as group discussion, presentations, and workshops to enable students to study in a creative and holistic learning environment.

Another significant part of your learning experience is to watch dance performances in live settings at well-known venues such as; Sadler’s Wells, The Place, The Point, and The Mayflower. These experiences aim to enhance tour learning experience, as well as developing and expanding relevant knowledge.

Component 1: Performance and Choreography (50%)
– Performance in a Quartet
– Group choreography
– Solo performance

Component 2: Critical Engagement (50%)
– 2.5 hour written examination

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 past students performing on cruise ships, teaching in schools, performing in the West End and running independent dance schools.

I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student

“I owe the staff a lot and I wouldn't be where I am today without them.”

Tom Andrews, A Level Student

“HSDC provided me with the opportunity for autonomous study and the choice of subjects that I wanted to study, which helped me develop relevant knowledge as well as relevant skills for the workplace.”

Lucas Ratcliffe, A Level and CTEC student