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A-Level Dance Component 1: Creating Outstanding Performance and Group Choreography for 2024

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In this course you will maximise success with effective strategies for the crucial non-examined Component 1. This is an advanced course offering in-depth training for teachers looking for ideas which will help their students achieve at the higher level. Delegates will actively engage with a full range of example assessments and also improve their ability to show candidates how the assessment criteria can shape the process of developing excellence in performance and choreography, rather than a mark scheme designed to assess a final product. ,p>Proven strategies for weaker or underconfident students will be suggested, along with ways of developing performance and choreographic skills across KS3-5, with the aim of encouraging a love of choreography underpinned by an understanding of the creative process. The course will show how to organise, teach and assess student work through the 2 year course, and provide effective approaches for rapid progress to enable students to succeed in A-Level dance Component 1.


  • Take away proven strategies,  approaches and monitoring processes for Performance and Choreography at A-Level
  • Gain a range of effective methods that encourage low, mid and high ability students
  • Raise academic and skills standards in performance
  • Raise academic and skills standards in choreography
  • Learn ways to mitigate the risk of subjectivity
  • Gain confidence in tackling the choreographic process
  • Improve understanding of assessment criteria and how to use them


Overview, principles and aims of the assessment

10.00 – 10.30am
  • Key messages from the examiners from 2023
  • The Assessment criteria – content and structure
  • What makes the best students stand out?
  • Helping students see the connections between NEA and exam work: teaching techniques that work

Success with the Performance: Solo & Quartet

10.30 – 11.30pm
  • Teaching requirements to ensure successful NEA in the practical areas in which students struggle and how to approach these when teaching
  • In-depth coverage of the moderation and activity requirements
  • Practical performance – analyse examplars and expectations for successful approaches
  • Ways to present evidence to maximise the chances of problem-free moderation
  • Evaluate, assess and apply grading to examplar performances in a Solo and within a Quartet

Discussion: coffee break

11.30– 11.45m

Unpacking Choreographic Briefs

11.45 – 12.45pm
  • Unpacking choreographic briefs – exploring
  • Types of composition briefs
  • Researching briefs
  • Strategies forthe weaker or underconfident student
  • Balancing creative freedom and with the expectations of the examiner
  • Actively explore examples including using Broadway Boogie Woogie

Lunch and informal discussion

12.45 – 1.30pm

Success in Choreography

1.30 – 2.00pm
  • Explore, analyse and evaluate a range of choreograph compositions
  • What are the key characteristics of A/A* choreographic compositions and how can we apply this into our teaching?
  • Potential hazards to avoid
  • Analyse in-depth the depth, rigour and detail required for high quality, top level choreography compositions and what this means for your student learning and best practice for your teaching

Developing Choreographic Skills

2.00 – 2.45pm
  • Hidden aspects to the mark schemes
  • Questions, and feedback – getting students thinking
  • Developing students skills – ways to encourage your students to be original, creative, exciting
  • Essential skills – using the “choreography toolkit”
  • Key terms and more considerations
  • Effective and stimulating ways to use professional works to inspire and solidify choreographic principles

Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 2.55m

Monitoring and Feedback Processes

2.55 – 3.30pm
  • Verbal feedback vs. written feedback
  • Minimising time for teachers but maximising feedback value
  • Monitoring processes
  • The power of assessment as a part of the process

Making a piece of choreography outstanding

3.30 – 3.45pm
  • Making a piece of choreography outstanding




London | Monday 20 November 2023

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This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Claire Noonan is an experienced Head of Dance, and has been teaching GCSE and A-Level Dance for over twenty years. GCSE Results for 2022 for her students were 39% grades 8 – 9, 50% grades 7 – 9 and 100% grades 5 – 9. Progress 8 score 1.45. At A Level her students attained 35% A*, 64% A*/A grades and 100 A* – C grades. She continually receives outstanding grade 1s on lesson observations. She is a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) and has improved the quality of dance provision in a number of schools. She also has a wealth of experience in working with a range of professionals to ensure her students feel inspired for dance theory and prepared for their future dance training.


  • A-Level Dance Teachers
  • Heads of Dance
  • Head of Performing Arts


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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