Dance

The Performing Arts level1/2 BTEC Tech Award at Passmores is taught across 5 hours every fortnight in year 9,10 and 11.

This course allows you to study dance and/or musical theatre, giving you the opportunity to develop knowledge and technical skills in a practical learning environment.

The qualification is the same level as a GCSE and is a practical introduction to life and practitioners in the performing arts industry. You will have the opportunity to develop performing arts skills and techniques, and to analyse and evaluate your skills both independently and within a group.

 

Pearson are our chosen exam board and the qualification is broken down into 3 components; Exploring the Performing Arts, Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts and Performing to a brief.

You will carry out tasks or mini-projects throughout the course and towards the end of the course you will do one larger project in dance or musical theatre; using the knowledge, skills and techniques you have learned to devise and perform a workshop performance. All the work you do through the course prepares you for this larger project, which is sent away to be marked.

 

Exploring the Performing Arts is an internally assessed assignment and makes up 30% of the final grade.

In this component students will develop their knowledge of the industry by examining various practitioners’ work and the process they use to create performance. Students will examine live and/or recorded performances and gain a practical appreciation of practitioners’ work through workshops and further research. Students will gain an understanding of the various roles, responsibilities and skills needed and how they contribute to performance. Students will also take part in practical classes in dance and/or musical theatre, studying extracts of repertoire and developing their understanding of the process and techniques used.

 

Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts is an internally assessed assignment and makes up 30% of the final grade.

In this component you will develop performance skills and techniques in your chosen discipline(s) through participating in workshops and classes. Relevant physical, vocal and performance skills will be taught and students will apply these skills in rehearsal and performance. Students will review their progress and performance and set targets for further improvement.

 

The final component, ‘Performing to a Brief’, is externally assessed and makes up 40% of the final grade.

In this component students will work as part of a group to create a workshop performance in response to a brief and stimulus given by the exam board. Students will develop ideas using learnt skills and techniques to effectively communicate their creative intentions to an audience. This unit may involve some solo or group work or can be a whole ensemble piece.

It is important that students see as much live theatre as possible and they will be encouraged to go and see as many performances as they can. There will also be theatre trips throughout the course to support learning.