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Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts - Dance Pathway

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Course Description

The level 2 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts (Dance) has been designed to incorporate a strong element of collaborative and vocational learning to provide students with the understanding, knowledge and skills identified as necessary for future progression and employment within the industry. Emphasis is placed on practical exploration of dance styles while providing an experience which draws on the realities of the performing arts industry, with students being treated as young professionals and encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their own learning. Dance styles explored will be ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary. The course is made up of 9 units and the majority are linked together to provide the learner with assessments that are based on real-life scenarios of industry experience.


Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts - Dance Performance

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade D/3 or above to include English and Mathematics. All students are required to achieve GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English. If the required grade is not reached there are opportunities to study these subjects at college alongside the course to help achieve it. This is a government requirement but also needed by many employers for any numbers of careers.


Classroom sessions are a mix of taught theory driven by discussion and linked to current contexts, learners will gain knowledge of key historical and contemporary artists which is then linked to practical sessions. Practical activities aim to give the learners the freedom of practise to build self-confidence and expression with learners performing in a range of live shows throughout the year. Assessments are graded at Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Unit Content

· Introduction to Performance

· Introduction to Production

· Communicating with an audience

· Staging and Performance

· Contextual Research

· Performance Skill and Practise

· Production Skill and Practise

· Personal Project and Presentation

· Producing and Performing to an Audience (L2 & L3)

Topics covered on the course:

· Dance Technique and Performance

· Choreographing a Dance Performance

· Practitioner Study

· Choreography Technique

· Live Performance

Work Experience

You will be required to complete a minimum of 36 hours work experience and work related learning. Work experience is arranged a number of way: either by the learner, via the college work experience team and by course tutors who liaise with local performance companies where learners gain the opportunity to perform in a live setting such as a local theatre company. All work experience is blended to fit in with your curriculum needs. Students gain works experience through taking part in the 4 in-house shows and are given industry based opportunities such as workshops and master classes with professionals.


Upon completion of this course, students can undertake an internal progression onto Level 3 in Performing Arts or Dance. We encourage all learners to join their local amateur dramatics group.

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