IB Dance Standard and Higher Levels

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code IB21
Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The IB DP dance course takes a holistic approach to dance, and embraces a variety of dance traditions and dance cultures—past, present and looking towards the future. Performance, creative and analytical skills are mutually developed and valued whether the students are writing papers or creating/performing dances. The curriculum provides students with a liberal arts orientation to dance. This orientation facilitates the development of students who may become choreographers, dance scholars, performers or those, more broadly, who seek life enrichment through dance. 


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.

How will it be delivered?

SL: https://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/6_dancesl.pdf

HL: https://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/6_dancehl.pdf

Entry requirements

General Sixth Form Entry requirement: Minimum G4 in GCSE English (Language or Literature) and Mathematics and three other subjects at G4-G9