Dance students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull staged a Showcase last week to show off their assessed A level choreography and performance pieces.
The second year A level students, together with first year students who are part of the Collision Dance Company enrichment, put on a show of 16 group, quartet and solo dances, in range of styles including Contemporary, Jazz and Kathak. The examination work requires the students to perform a solo and a quartet as well as choreograph a piece inspired by a choice of stimuli set by the exam board. The stimuli students could choose from for their group choreography this year were an exploration of one of Elizabeth David’s 1950s food recipes or an exploration of one or more aspects of ‘The Gilded Age’. The latter refers to America at the end of the 19th century and is a term coined by Mark Twain implying that the period was glittering on the surface but corrupt underneath.
Kathryn Waters, Dance Teacher at the College, said:
“The students have worked so hard to develop and rehearse their dances, both during scheduled classes and in their own time. Students are assessed on their choreography and so do not perform in the pieces they design. This means their challenge is to realise their vision using other dancers and this has helped them to develop creativity, organisation, time-management and leadership skills. The practical exams are fast approaching and this showcase was a great opportunity to celebrate the work they have created and perform in front of an audience of friends and family.’’
The practical assessment, which incorporates both performance and choreography forms 50% of the marks in the A level Dance course. The rest is assessed through a written exam, which focuses on the inter-relationship between the creation, presentation and appreciation of dance.
18 March 2019