Dance students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull staged a Dance Showcase this week to show off their assessed A level choreography and performance pieces.
The first and second year A level students put on a show of 15 group and solo dances, all in a contemporary style. Their work was inspired by a choice of stimuli set by the exam board. The stimuli this year were wide and diverse. For first year students they were asked to choose between choreography based on Barbara Hepworth’s “Orpheus” sculpture or creating a dance based on the poem by Maya Angelou entitled “Caged Bird”. For second year students, they could choose to choreography a group dance that explored the characteristic features of the American Pop Art movement, the different stages of sleep, or the embodiment of the physical characteristics of one or more geographical bodies of water found on the earth’s surface.
Rhiannon Waters, Dance teacher at the College, said:
“A lot of hard work has gone into developing and rehearsing these dance pieces, both during scheduled classes and in their own time. Part of the challenge has been to realise their vision using other dancers, as they choreographed the pieces but were not allowed to dance in their own work. This has helped them to develop creativity, organisation, time-management and leadership skills. The practical exams are a week away 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.
23 March 2018