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 students put on a show of 16 solo and group dances, all in a contemporary style. Their work was inspired by a choice of stimuli set by the exam board. These stimuli included Maya Angelou’s poem ‘Caged Bird’, Anthony Howe’s wind-powered kinetic sculptures, as well as the ecological term ‘interspecific competition’ and the personality of Peter Pan.
Second year students also performed solos based on the work of acclaimed American dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey, whose style the students study as part of their A level course.
Rhiannon Waters, the Dance teacher at the College, said:
“It was wonderful for friends and family to see the hard work the students have been putting in over the past couple of months. These are assessed performances and form a big part of the final A level grade so a lot rides on these performances. Having the opportunity to perform them in public will have boosted their confidence enormously.”
The practical assessment, which incorporates both performance and choreography forms 50% of the marks in the A level Dance course. The rest is assessed by written exams, which focus on the inter-relationship between the creation, presentation and appreciation of dance.
11 March 2016