New GCSE Dance to include Royal Ballet choreography

Tuesday 29 Mar 2016

Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor's one-act ballet Infra has been added to our accredited Dance GCSE syllabus. Available to students from September 2016, this is the first time McGregor's choreography has become part of the GCSE curriculum.

The inclusion of Infra in the AQA syllabus marks a change from the previous course which focused on traditional narrative ballet. GCSE Dance explores various elements and genres of dance through performance and choreography, celebrating the art form and creating an appreciation of dance. Infra was created for The Royal Ballet in 2008 and is set to a score by Max Richter, and features set designs by British artist Julian Opie. 

Wayne McGregor said:

"Studying dance in schools contributes vitally to a well-rounded and wide reaching general education for young people. Engaging creatively with the arts facilitates new modes of communication and self-expression - essential attributes for innovation in any domain. Dance sharpens a student's ability to think with and through the body, while challenging them to combine a broad range of multiple intelligences to solve creative problems. I am thrilled that Infra will play a role in inspiring the next generation of talent."

Seb Ross, AQA Performing Arts Qualifications Manager, said:

"We are delighted to have the work of renowned choreographer Wayne McGregor in our new GCSE Dance syllabus. Infra is a challenging and beautiful contemporary work and I'm pleased that AQA GCSE Dance students across the country will have the opportunity to study and enjoy the choreography."

Wayne McGregor is renowned for his groundbreaking choreography and collaborations. He was appointed Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer in 2006 and has created 12 works for the Company. His most recent production was the critically acclaimed Woolf Works inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf. Infra is a staple of the Royal Ballet repertory and has been performed around the world, most recently in New York as part of the Royal Ballet USA tour 2015.

View our accredited GCSE Dance specification