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IB Dance Sample Course Description 2.0

RESOURCE: IB Dance Sample Course Description 2.0

Course description

The main aims of all group six subjects, which include Dance, Theatre, Film, Music and Visual Art, are to enable students to enjoy a lifelong engagement with the arts; to become informed, reflective and critical practitioners; to explore and value the diversity of the Arts across cultures and time, and to express ideas with confidence. The aims of IB Dance also include the understanding of Dance as a set of practices with their own histories and theories; to experience Dance as an individual and collective exploration of the expressive possibilities of the body, in various styles, traditions and cultures; and to understand and appreciate mastery in Dance styles, including those from other cultures. Its objectives include the ability to compose and arrange, and to analyse and interpret Dance performance; to develop a comparative knowledge of the history and cultural context of dance in a variety of traditions, and to be able to articulate Dance movement, performing to an audience.

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Entry requirements

For this level of Dance, students need to have studied some style/form of Dance in the past. This course is not for novices or those who enjoy only a social form of Dance. The course is rigorous and requires some technique. Contact the sixth form if unsure. For the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), a student should be a general all-round student, with an overall B-grade profile or higher at GCSE or level 2 equivalent and have a B grade or more in the subject s/he wishes to take at IB diploma higher level or as IB single-subject certificate.


Internal assessment Performance Assessment is Performance of two or three dances – HL/one or two – SL, at least one of which must be a solo or a duet, in any style or styles, to show proficiency and expressive ability appropriate to the Dance. These performance pieces may be drawn from a single culture/tradition, or from different ones. Overall total length: HL 6-9 minutes; SL 3-6 minutes. External assessment Composition and Analysis Using knowledge and experience acquired during the course, students choreograph their own work: three Dance works – HL/two – SL, composed by the student and presented on DVD/video, overall total length 8-15 minutes – HL; 6-10 minutes – SL, with a composition and analysis statement documenting and reflecting on the processes of composition and analysis of one of the Dance pieces: 1000-1500 words – HL; 800-1200 words – SL. World Dance Investigation A research task exploring and comparing two dance styles drawn from different cultures, one familiar and one not studied closely during the course; this will be presented as a written investigation of 2000 words maximum – HL; 1500 words – SL; technological processes. They will also be tested on their ability to produce a balanced stereo mix. examination board, to bring students to professional standard. A visiting examiner will mark the performance. ‘The course aims to establish an approach to the performing arts which is multi-disciplinary and develops qualities of imagination, sensitivity and artistic knowledge and understanding.’

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