This course is for students who are interested in studying dance in depth through the creation and performance of choreography, and the analysis of dance repertoire. You do not have to be pursuing a career in dance to take this course, and the skill-set gained from analysing dance repertoire, developing essay skills and taking the role of both a choreographer and performer in a practical setting provide a range of favourable skills for both employment and university.
You do not need to have studied GCSE Dance before, but having prior practical experience is essential. Practical is predominantly in the contemporary style, however you do not need prior experience in this style to be successful on the course. All applicants should attend the Wyke Start practical workshops in order to be accepted on the course and an audition prior to enrolment. You do not have to be pursuing a career in dance to take this course, and the skill-set developed on the course provides a range of favourable skills for both employment and university.
Component One: Performance and Choreography
- Create a 2-3min Solo in the Style of a famous choreographer of your choice: The focus of this piece is to accurately reflect his choreographic style in terms of technical and physical skills, spatial elements, dynamics and interpretative performance skills such as musicality and projection.
- Performance Within a Jazz or Contemporary Quartet of 3-4min: The focus of this piece is based on your physical and technical skills, spatial awareness, and interpretative performance in relation to the stylistic features of the chosen genre of dance.
- Take the role of ChoChoreographer for a 3-4min Group Piece: Create an original piece of choreography for 3-5 dancers in response to an externally set task. The question will take the form of a stimulus (poem, picture, sculpture, historical figure, etc.) which will need to be researched, developed and communicated in your choreography.
Component Two: Critical Engagement
This is the theory part of the course, and includes both the detailed analysis of two dance works, and an understanding of other choreographers and repertoire that are influential within their corresponding areas of study:
- Section A: The Set Work ‘Rooster’ by Christopher Bruce, and the contextual setting of the Rambert Dance Company (1966 – 2002)
- Section B: The set work ‘Sutra’ (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, 2008) within the context of the Independent Contemporary Dance Scene 2000+