News: New AQA Dance GCSE syllabus announced

Thursday 31 March 2016 by Carmel Smith

The Royal Ballet in Wayne McGregor's 'Infra'. Photo: Bill Cooper, courtesy ROH

The examinations body AQA has announced a new syllabus for its Dance GCSE qualification, which will be available from September 2016.
It includes new set works by contemporary choreographers:

Stopgap Dance Company’s Artificial Things by Lucy Bennett
Rambert ‘s A Linha Curva by Itzik Galili
The Royal Ballet’s Infra by Wayne McGregor
Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Shadows by Christopher Bruce
James Cousins Company’s Within Her Eyes by James Cousins
Boy Blue Entertainment’s Emancipation of Expressionism by Kenrick H2O Sandy

It is the first time that Wayne McGregor’s choreography has become part of the GCSE curriculum. He said: “Studying dance in schools contributes vitally to a well-rounded and wide-reaching general education for young people. Engaging creatively with the arts facilitates new modes of communication and self-expression, essential attributes for innovation in any domain. Dance sharpens a student’s ability to think with and through the body, while challenging them to combine a broad range of multiple intelligences to solve creative problems. I am thrilled that Infra will play a role in inspiring the next generation of talent.”

Lucy Bennett, Artistic Director of integrated company Stopgap said she was delighted their work was to be part of the new AQA Dance anthology: “We believe that everyone has the right to participate and pursue excellence in dance, and we hope that Artificial Things will encourage more diverse students to engage with the artform.”

More on the new Dance GCSE
www.aqa.org.uk

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