National 5 Dance Course
The main purpose of this Course is to enable candidates to develop a range of dance and choreographic skills. Learners will develop and reflect on technical and creative skills through practical learning. They will gain an understanding of the origins of dance and the impact of theatre arts.
The main aims of the Course are to enable the learner to:
- demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of dance
- develop a range of technical dance skills
- develop performance skills to enhance performance
- develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation of dance practice
- understand and apply knowledge of a range of choreographic skills to create a dance
- evaluate their own work and the work of others
- work imaginatively and demonstrate creativity
- co-operate, support and work with others
- consider how theatre arts can enhance a performance
- apply the principles of safe dance practice
Below is the S4 Dance timetable for the year;
Component 1: Question Paper
- 30 marks available – Scaled mark = 20% of the overall course award
- 1 hour to complete question paper
Section 1: Evaluation of Own Work/Personal Performance (10 marks)
- Technical ability, timing and musicality, quality and dynamics, concentration and focus etc.
Section 2: Knowledge and Understanding of a Chosen Dance Style (10 marks)
- History, origins and developments, style specific steps, iconic style of influential choreographers etc.
Section 3: Evaluation of Professional Choreography (10 marks)
- Personal evaluative response to a professional piece of choreography for two or more dancers: theme, stimulus, devices, music etc.
Component 2: Practical Activity
- 65 marks available – Scaled mark = 45% of the overall course award
- The Choreography Review is carried out over time and in advance of the external live single assessment event, at which the Choreography is performed at, and graded by a SQA visiting assessor
Two Sections: Choreography and Choreography Review
Section 1: Choreography (35 marks)
Learners create and present a dance for two people (excluding self) lasting between 1:30-2 minutes following the SQA Criteria
Section 2: Choreography Review (35 marks)
Dancers produce an extended response (750-1500 words) which reviews the choreography they have created and their skills as a choreographer
Component 3: Performance
- 35 marks available – Scaled mark = 35% of the overall course award
- Solo Performance is a teacher choreographed technical solo in a selected Dance Style. It is practised prior to the external live single assessment event, at which the Solo Performance is graded by a SQA visiting assessor
Recording & Reporting
The class will be given regular tracking reports, as well as a parents night and full report.
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