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What is Dance?

Dance transforms pictures and emotions into movement. It will allow you to explore and develop your talent for movement, enabling you to improve not only your physical skills but also your creative imagination. This course gives you the opportunity to acquire experience of performance and choreography and to engage in critical thinking about dance. It also promotes a healthy lifestyle through an awareness of the importance of exercise and training. Dance at Cardinal Newman is long established with a well-recognised history of success.

What Will You Study?

You will develop the skills to 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 a variety of ways including, contemporary dance technique classes, choreographic workshops and theoretical lessons (classroom based). You can also audition for the Academy, which is a Contemporary Dance performance company for talented college dancers. Academy students receive additional training within their timetable. The Academy provides a challenging opportunity, ideal for students who wish to pursue a career in professional Dance or Performance.

What Next?

Some of our students continue with their studies within Higher Education or at Conservatoires (LIPA, London Studio Centre, London Contemporary Dance School, Laban etc). Many also continue on 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.

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

At least two Bs and three Cs at GCSE, including at least a grade C (5) in GCSE English Language. GCSE Dance OR previous dance training is essential (please speak to a member of Dance staff for guidance). You will be asked to take part in an audition/workshop prior to confirmation of the course.

Course Type

A Level


Exam: 50%, Practical Assessment: 50%


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