Dance GCSE has been running for the last six years and has always enjoyed fantastic results. It is an exciting, interactive course that enables students to explore and analyse a range of dance styles, create their own choreographies and develop their skills as performers. At Richmond Park Academy we run GCSE dance as an extra subject after school from 3.15pm - 5.00pm each week..
Dance GCSE is taught by Ms B Fairbairn and an external professional choreographer. Anne-Marie Smalldon is the Artistic Director of Combination Dance who joins us for choreographic workshops and arranges fabulous opportunities outside school for students (to find out more about Combination Dance: (www.combinationdance.co.uk)
The GCSE syllabus is predominantly coursework which is 80% of the marks. The written exam is worth 20% of the final GCSE grade.
- Unit 1: Critical Appreciation of Dance (20%) - Written Paper with a focused analysis on Swan Song choreographed by Christopher Bruce and Still Life at the Penguin Café choreographed by David Bintley
- Unit 2: Set Dance (20%) - Solo performance of a dance of approximately one minute
- Unit 3: Performance in a Duo/Group Dance (20%) - Group performance of a dance of approximately three minutes
- Unit 4: Choreography (40%) – Solo and group choreographies.
- Mathew Bourne’s ‘Swan Lake’ at the New Wimbledon Theatre
- Trips to Sadler’s Wells to see ‘Blayze’, Matthew Bourne’s ‘Edward Scissorhands’, Matthew Bourne’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ and ‘Cirque Eloise’
- Trip to The Royal Ballet School White Lodge to watch aspiring dancers have lessons
- Trip to Pineapple Studios for private dance workshop in street dance
- Trip to The Royal Festival Hall to watch the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird’
- Winter Concert: Performances in the annual Winter Concert in December involved all RPA dancers
- School musical: ‘The Wiz’ was the school musical in 2014 and this year we are working on ‘Alice in Wonderland’
- Dance GCSE Showcase: RPA dancers perform their choreographies and set dances
- Richmond Park Academy were picked as one of two schools in London to work alongside the Royal Ballet School in a unique and exciting dance project working with an established choreographer, professional dancers and Royal Ballet School students in Year 10. Over a period of five months students from RPA took part in; 12 workshops (with esteemed choreographer Bim Malcomson), a trip to see their accompanying orchestra perform (the Philharmonia Orchestra), a performance at The Royal Ballet School White Lodge and the première of the film version of the project at The Royal Festival Hall. Please find links to the project below: