In addition, the course enables students to:
• understand dance as a set of practices with their own histories and theories, and to understand that these practices integrate physical, intellectual and emotional knowledge
• experience dance as an individual and collective exploration of the expressive possibilities of bodily movement
• understand and appreciate mastery in various dance styles, traditions and cultures familiar and unfamiliar
• recognise and use dance to create dialogue among the various traditions and cultures in their school environment, their society and the world at large
Having followed the higher-level dance course, students will be expected to demonstrate the following:
Knowledge and understanding
• Identify the appropriate compositional processes and structures to support dances with different subject matter or content.
• Describe the similarities and differences between the historical contexts of two dance cultures and/or traditions.
• In internal assessment, demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the selected dance(s) performed.
Application and analysis
• Demonstrate the use of compositional craft to support the intention, form and content of the dances.
• Apply in the analytical statement the key terms and concepts used in developing dance composition(s).
• Analyse the similarities and differences between the historical and the current context within each selected dance culture and/or tradition.
• Analyse the similarities and differences in the dance elements of two dance cultures and/or traditions.
• In internal assessment, demonstrate the ability to present an effective performance. Synthesis and evaluation
• Critically reflect upon the creative process of compositional problems encountered, including possible appropriate solutions for future development.
• Demonstrate compositional contrast across two of the three dance works.
• Analyse and evaluate the influence and significance of connections from all three components of the Diploma Programme dance course in the making of one dance composition.
• Demonstrate an in-depth comparative discussion of two short dance excerpts from two dance cultures and/or traditions.
• In internal assessment, demonstrate ability to interpret sensitively the intention of the dance(s).
Selection, use and application of a variety of appropriate skills and techniques
• Demonstrate control of compositional craft appropriate to each dance composition.
• Demonstrate organization of written material, including use and attribution of appropriate sources.
• In internal assessment, demonstrate control of technical skills appropriate to the dance.
General Sixth Form Entry requirement: Minimum G4 in GCSE English (Language or Literature) and Mathematics and three other subjects at G4-G9