A Level Dance
A Level Dance is a two year course which will give you the opportunity to study a range of dance styles including Contemporary, which is the main style, along with other styles such as Jazz, Latin, Ballet and Ballroom. Students who enjoy and successfully complete this subject typically progress to University to study Dance at a higher level or work in a related dance profession.
- Course Information
Dance at Runshaw is an exciting and dynamic subject for those with a strong dance background who pass an audition with us. Last year our students achieved 100% A*-C grades.
We also run a full range of enrichment activities; two technique classes per week are on offer and two shows per year in which all students can be involved.
Our fantastic Dance Academy gives students the opportunity to perform in competitions in the UK and abroad and to experience workshops in many varied styles. This year our students were again victorious and came home with three trophies from the Barcelona Dance Grand Prix!
You will mainly study contemporary dance, although other styles such as jazz, ballet, latin, ballroom and street can now be used when appropriate to the question paper.
- Entry Requirements
For our A Level programme our entry requirements are a minimum of 5x Grade 5.
*Please note that A Level English requires a Level 6 in GCSE English
*Please note that A Level Maths requires a Level 6 in GCSE Maths
*Please note that A Level Sciences require a Level 6 in GCSE Maths and Science
A successful audition
- How will I be assessed?
Component 1: Performance and choreography
- Solo performance linked to a practitioner within an area of study
- Performance in a quartet
- Group choreography
How is it assessed?
Practical exam | 80 marks | 50% of A Level
Component 2: Critical engagement
Knowledge and understanding of two set works from one compulsory and one optional area of study:
These will be studied alongside Rambert Dance Company and Contemporary Dance in Britain.
How is it assessed?
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes | 100 marks | 50% of A Level
- Progression Pathway
This course prepares students for study at a higher level in Dance at university or specialist dance schools or to work in a dance profession.
Recently, students have progressed to a number of prestigious dance colleges such as Rambert, LIPA, The Royal Academy of Dance, Italia Conti, Bird, Urdang, London Contemporary, Northern Contemporary and Performers, whilst others have gone on to study for Dance degrees at Liverpool John Moores and the University of Surrey.
- National Careers Service
For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.