GCSE Dance at Collingwood is offered as an extra-curricular option. It is open to anyone who enjoys Dance and has any previous experience or training. The examination board is AQA and the course consists of four units:
- Unit 1 – Critical Appreciation of Dance: written exam taken at the end of the course (20%)
- Unit 2 – Set Dance: solo practical performance exam (20%)
- Unit 3 – Performance in a Group Dance: based on a professional dance work and created in collaboration with the teacher (20%)
- Unit 4a – Solo Composition: developed from three professional dance motifs (15%)
- Unit 4b – Choreography: Solo/Group choreography developed from a chosen stimulus (25%)
Throughout the course students will develop their skills in dance technique, performance, choreography and critical appreciation. This will involve studying different styles of dance as well as professional dance works to include Ghost Dances by Christopher Bruce, Faultline by Shobana Jeyasingh, Birdsong by Siobhan Davies and Overdrive by Richard Alston.
"Dance is vital, an activity both exhilarating and liberating to watch or do. The instinct to dance is fundamentally joyous and no matter how hard you try you can’t get away from that for long. It can also be a huge force for good, effectively drawing people together and levelling everyone through sheer hard work. It can speed up your heart rate, it can enliven your being, it can change your life".
Richard Alston CBE, Dance UK