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The AS Dance specification requires students to develop, demonstrate and articulate practical and theoretical knowledge, understanding and experience of:

  • technical and performance skills
  • the process and art of choreography
  • the interrelationship between the creation, presentation and viewing/appreciation of dance works
  • the development of dance placed within an artistic and cultural context
  • professional dance works and the significance of these works
  • subject specific terminology and its use.

Knowledge, understanding and skills will be developed and demonstrated within performance, choreography and critical engagement with own work and the study of two specific areas of study. The study of professional works within the areas of study promotes the integration of theory and practice and underpins students’ own approaches to both performance and choreography.

Areas of study provide students with the opportunity to investigate the key changes in the development of dance linked to a genre(s) and allow students to demonstrate contextual understanding through written communication and performance.

In Component 1, there are two practical dance tasks. One practical task has two linked aspects which assess the subject content for: Performance of solo choreography and Choreography. The other practical task assesses the subject content for Performance in a duet/trio. Component 2 is the written exam and assesses the subject content for Critical engagement.

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