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What is Dance A-Level?

Dance A-Level will allow you to explore and develop your talent for movement. Enabling you to improve your physical skills and your creative imagination. Dance gives you the opportunity to acquire experience of performance and choreography and to engage in critical thinking.

You will perform and interpret dance ideas, create and choreograph your own dances and write about dance through the study of professional works. You will be taught in Contemporary Dance technique classes, Choreographic workshops and Theoretical lessons.

What Will You Study?

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  • Technique
  • Choreography
  • Solo tasks
  • Duet/Trio/Group tasks
  • Evaluation
  • Development of skills


  • Dance History
  • Beginnings of Dance in Britain
  • Rambert Dance Company 1966 – 2002
  • Four professional works by Rambert
  • Background and influences of two practitioners
  • Movement and style of the two practitioners
  • Independent Contemporary Dance Scene in Britain 2000+
  • Four professional works by ICDSB practitioners
  • Background and influences of two practitioners
  • Movement and style of the two practitioners
  • In depth study of two set works – Rooster (Bruce, 1991) and Sutra (Cherkaoui, 2008)
  • Preparation for Written examination

What Next?

Many of our students continue with their dance and performance studies within Higher Education or at Conservatoires (LIPA, London Studio Centre, London Contemporary Dance School, Laban etc.). Some also continue to study a much wider variety of degree courses. Valuable, transferable skills such as problem-solving, analytical skills and teamwork, will equip you in the future for whatever career you decide to pursue.

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Entry Requirements for Dance A-Level

At least five 5s at GCSE, including at least a 5 in English Language or English Literature. GCSE Dance OR previous dance training is essential (please speak to a member of the Dance staff for guidance). You will be asked to take part in an audition/workshop prior to confirmation of your place on the course.

Have you considered studying a Mixed Programme (A-Levels and BTECs)? Whether you’re on target to achieve five 5s in your GCSEs or not, there may still be an option to study A-Levels alongside a BTEC qualification at Newman.

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What other subjects go well with this subject?

History, English Literature, Sport, Music, Drama & Theatre Studies, Performing Arts, Fine ArtTextiles, Film Studies, Media Studies.

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