BTEC Performing Arts (Dance)

Students will have the opportunities to: Develop practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin the effective training of a dancer at a professional level. Understand how physical and performance skills affect the ability and outcome of a dance performance. Have the opportunity to take part in dance performance events to showcase their own and class choreography. Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance in dance and theatre productions. Develop an understanding of the history and background of various dance styles.

Course Content

Practical Content: Students study a variety of styles of dance in depth, from which 3 practical assessments count towards their final grades.

Skills Developed: In each practical dance assignment, performance skills are developed to a high level which must also be applied in a performance situation. Students must develop a sound knowledge of dance technique, human anatomy and how the body works for a professional dancer.

Additionally, students must learn to observe, analyse, and evaluate their own and other students’ performance and offer advice for them to improve their skills.

An essential part of the course is the planning, performing and evaluation of a solo dance showcase, highlighting students’ performance and technical abilities. Students must ensure they have their correct and full P.E/dance kit for every lesson and be aware this is a fully practical course.

Exams and Assessment

Examination Board: Edexcel

Practical: Includes practical assessment grades from three different dance performances
– 100% of the final mark.

Controlled Assessment: Includes assessment in the following:

  • Letter of application for the final showcase event
  • Analysis, evaluation and action plans for improvement
  • Written work to evidence all practical experiences on the course

Why choose Dance?

You love dancing and have good skills and understanding in a variety of dance genres. You enjoy learning about the history of dance and where and how different dance styles began.

BTEC dance lends itself to Level 3 study at A Level or BTEC National Extended / Subsidiary Diploma’s. Potential career paths after further study include teaching, choreographing, dance journalism and professional performance opportunities.