Dance is back for courses starting in September 2021.
This course is a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performance (Dance), which focuses on Dance units throughout the two years. The course will be studied as part of a Mixed Study programme and is equivalent to 1 A Level.
Studying Dance allows you to develop your performance skills, as well as your technical understanding. Whether progressing on to the Performing Arts or other creative industries, you will gain invaluable skills in communication, adaptability, resilience and confidence. The Performing Arts department at Ashton have a long history of producing a wealth of performers, dancers, actors, singers and musicians over many years. When you join this Dance course, you join a department of passionate creatives, surrounded by students who share similar passions and interests.
While studying Dance, you will have many opportunities to attend theatre trips and workshops with visiting professionals. You may also meet many of our alumni that return to share their experience and run creative and technical sessions.
The college is also home to Torque Youth Dance and students are encouraged to attend the Open Jazz class on a Wednesday evening, or even audition for the company.
Group Performance Workshop
Developing Skills and Techniques for Performance
Classical Ballet Technique
Jazz Dance Technique
Street Dance Technique
Contemporary Dance Technique
Choreography for Live Performance
Movement in Performance
Other optional units
Musical Theatre Techniques
Dance is a phenomenon that will provide you with many skills, attributes, and a wide range of knowledge whilst boosting you cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.
By studying dance, you learn teamwork, focus, and improvisational skills. Dance awakens new perceptions which help you learn and think in new ways. You develop your ability to express and communicate your ideas and are given the opportunity to make creative decisions and reflect on your work.
This subject allows you to build confidence and develop your appreciation of other cultures by studying a range to dance styles and practitioners. The course focuses on developing your technical abilities as a dancer and ability to perform a range of dance styles, such as Jazz, Contemporary and Commercial, along with opportunities to explore other styles.
We encourage theatre trips, workshops with visiting professionals and have a vast alumnus that return to share their experience and run creative and technical sessions for our students.
We are also home to Torque Youth Dance, students are encouraged to attend the Open Jazz class on a Wednesday evening and audition for the company.
This is a vocational course, so all five units will have a practical element, the written aspect of is coursework and task based - no external written exam. There is a practical Group Performance Workshop which is the only external assessment. Group Performance Workshop & Developing Skills and Techniques for Performance are the only two mandatory units so there is flexibility with some optional units. You must complete 5 units over 2 years.
Dance Performance is a new course that will start in September 2021. The Performing Arts has a long history of creating and working to produce successful dancers and performers of the future, who progress on to a wide range of destinations including university and employment within the creative industries.