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Dance A-Level

What to know about the Dance A-Level course?

Dance transforms pictures and emotions into movement. The Dance A-Level 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. A Level Dance gives you the opportunity to acquire experience of performance and choreography and to engage in critical thinking about dance.

Dance at Newman is long established with a well-recognised history of success. We offer high quality, disciplined and structured training to ensure a fantastic experience. You will be offered a wealth of opportunities, including a broad enrichment programme of trips, workshops and audition seminars. You will have the opportunity to perform regularly, in college shows and at public events.

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.

You will have to complete both practical and theory based exams. In the practical exam you will complete a solo performance, a performance as part of a quartet and a group choreography. The theory exam will test your knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of a compulsory set work and an optional set work.

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 team work, will equip you in the future for whatever career you decide to pursue.

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 4 in English Language. 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.

Course Type

A Level

What other subjects go well with this subject?

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

Did you know?

Break dancing began in the 1970s in New York as a non-lethal form of street fighting between street gangs.


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