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Exmouth Community College

Exmouth Community CollegeAcademy Trust

Key Stage 4

GCSE dancers learn how to become strong performers through weekly classes that develop their technique and physical skills.  Theory underpins all practical work and choreographic workshops help students understand how to develop their ideas into effective dance pieces.  Many students have the opportunity to perform and share their work in our annual dance showcase.

The GCSE Dance course develops skills such as collaboration, communication, confidence, analysis, creative practise, research, teaching others, wider arts practise and leadership.

Dance is taught through a three stranded approach:      

  • Choreography 30%
  • Performance 30%
  • Appreciation of professional works 40%

Dance Styles

GCSE dance explores a wide range of styles from Hip-Hop to Contemporary and Samba.  You do not have to be an expert in all these styles, but you should be willing to give them a go and learn more about them.


Component 1 60%:   Performance of a solo.

    Performance in a duet / trio.

                              Choreography of a solo or group dance that communicates a clear theme.


Component 2 40%:   Critical Appreciation of your own work and of six professional dance works.

                                    1½ hour exam.


  • Weekly dance classes with our resident dance artist after school
  • Regular trips to see live dance work at local theatres
  • Workshops in school with professional dance companies
  • Links with dance training opportunities across the county

Where next?

  • Students gaining five or more GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Maths, can go on to study any other Level 5 qualification
  • GCSE dance students often choose to study A Level Dance, BTEC Dance / Performing Arts or other related arts course