Level: BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)
- Merit at Level 2 BTEC First Award in Performing Arts
- B grade at GCSE Drama or Dance
- If pupil does not have any of the above, entry onto the course will be through audition and interview.
This exciting course will develop a range of dance skills and knowledge and will appeal to students who are motivated and have a passion for dance. This is a Level 3 course and is the equivalent to 1 A Level and is studied over 2 years. It is assessed through various types of evidence, including coursework and practical assessments, with no written examination.
BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma: Dance, gives students the opportunity to develop their knowledge of dance history, genres and further progress their technical, performance and choreographic skills.
The course is made up of a number of core and specialist units that can be mixed and matched to suit the cohort’s interests, skills and abilities. These units include:
This is the first unit gives students a taster of life as a dancer. Students will explore the importance of technique, fitness, stamina and the ability to perform a variety of styles with confidence. Students will develop a range of physical and expressive skills, be it in contemporary, hip-hop, rock ‘n’ roll or Jazz. No style is off limits.
Due to the varied nature of Jazz Dance it is difficult to categorise; this unit allows students to explore the diversity of this entertaining style. Students will develop a good understanding of the style and key features of Jazz Dance through two dynamic performances inspired by musical theatre, Street Jazz and Lyrical. Jazz Dance is sharp, slick and sassy and will be an energetic and vibrant unit, providing a good foundation for dance technique and performance skills.
This unit will delve into the creative structures of choreography through practical and theoretical lessons. The aim is to give students the opportunity to take a closer look at contemporary dance inspiration by becoming involved in the process of dance creation and performance. Working in groups students will explore and research a selected stimulus to choreography to an audience. Students must ensure their inspiration is communicated to the audience, with originality and structure.
How a dancer can successfully perform with individuality and originality is the emphasis of this unit. Urban Dance and its many techniques are essential for anyone intending to work in the industry, it is part of youth culture and is making its way to the West End, pop videos and various stage shows. It is a diverse dance style and students will learn and explore movement vocabulary from Street Dance to Parkour.
Applying Contemporary Dance Technique:
This unit will develop student’s dance technique in at least two contemporary dance styles. Students will learn a variety of combinations and phrases developing technique and understanding of that particular style. Working as a contemporary dancer, students will rehearse and develop interpretative skills, which will result in a performance that will communicate to an audience.
Performing to an audience:
The aim of this unit is to experience performing a role as part of an ensemble, and could be seen as ‘the icing on the cake’, as it is a culmination of prior training, skills, team work and discipline and will end with a student led production. Although the teacher could be seen as an ‘artistic director’, students will take on the numerous roles and decisions to create a dance show.
Additionally students have also studied units in:
• Dance Appreciation
• The Healthy Performer
This course can lead to university placements, studying BA Dance Studies, or is good preparation for students wishing to progress their technical training further. This subject complements both the arts and physical education.
The majority of our pupils in the past have gone onto study Acting, Dance or Musical Theatre at university. A selection of our pupils has also been successful in securing exciting work placements in West End theatres, as well as getting ensemble parts of West End shows once their degrees have ended.