Gable Hall School


The Dance Department is a enthusiastic team dedicated to developing creativity through movement; our curriculum is designed to equip pupils with all of the skills they will need to both succeed at GCSE, A Level and beyond. Pupils will develop skills through performance, composition and appreciation.  



Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 pupils receive one lesson a fortnight and they learn basic technical skills for warm up and movement. Pupils will develop their choreography skills and performance skills in all lessons. Through watching professional works and peers pupils will develop their ability to appreciate works and highlight where choreographic skills have been used and set targets for improvement. Throughout the key stage pupils will access varied styles and be able to use props in the choreography.

Key Stage 4

Pupils will be assessed in three core units: Performance, Choreography and Dance appreciation.

Component 1
For Performance pupils will learn four set phrases, two phrases will be assessed as a solo performance and the remaining two will be adapted into a Duet/Trio performance.
Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration).
Duet/trio performance (three minutes in a dance which is a maximum of five minutes in duration)(30% of final grade).

For choreography pupils will receive a choice of exam questions and will choreograph either a solo or group dance. (30% of final grade).
The practical units will be internally marked and externally moderated.

Component 2 - Written paper (40%) 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Pupils will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills. The questions will be based on their own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology.

Key stage 5

At key stage 5 pupils will study the AQA specification in A level Dance this follows two components:

Component 1: Performance and choreography will be assessed via a practical exam and is worth 50% of the A level
Pupils will be assessed performing a solo dance based on a specified practitioner listed within an area of study.
Pupils will also perform as part of a quartet and be assessed purely on their performance and style with a selected area of study.
In the second year pupils will receive a choreography exam paper and will choreograph a Group dance based on one set question.

Component 2: Written exam lasting two hours and thirty minutes and is worth 50% of the A level. This paper assesses the knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works.
Pupils will study one compulsory set work within the compulsory area of study – (Rooster by Christopher Bruce within the context of Rambert Dance Company). And an optional set work within the corresponding area of study.– (Singing in the Rain – Gene Kelly within the context of American Jazz.)

The paper has two sections:
Section A: short answer questions (25 marks) and one essay question (25 marks) on the compulsory set work/area of study.
Section B: two essay questions on the second set work/area of study (25 marks for each essay).




Mrs E Dobson - Department Leader of Dance

Mrs Moore – Teacher of Dance and Drama

Mrs Oakley - Teacher of Dance and Drama