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GCSE Dance Component 1, Assessment Task 1: The Set Dances

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This NEW course is aimed for all GCSE Dance teachers looking to maximise the success of their students in the Performance Component 1 Set Dances. The course is a part-practical Course and will be held in Dance Studio in Central London. The course is designed to stimulate and excite creative ideas for teaching the set dances to maximise student grade potential. Using a range of varied, interesting and motivational learning and teaching methods you will practically develop the set phrases, implement pedagogical methods and techniques which stretch and challenge students of all abilities, from grades 4/5 to 8/9. Focus will also be assessing accurately students’ set dance, marking the task assessment evidence, the assessment grids and applying the assessment grids. Pedagogical approaches to ways of maximising grade potential will be explored – ranging from Grades 4 – 5 to 8 – 9 together with best practice ways to support students to raise their performance levels and access the high grades.


  • Discuss a range of approaches to teaching the Set Dance and as part of the wider GCSE course
  • Take away practical approaches and key advice on how to ensure students achieve the highest grades possible for the set phrases
  • Take away teaching techniques, methods and feedback strategies to raise attainment and to demonstrate to the moderator
  • Understand the marking criteria and what is expected to gain full marks in the set dances
  • Explore how to utilise motifs to integrate into a performance piece


Achieving in The Set Dances

10.00 – 10.40am
  • Analyse the content and structure of Component
  • What do the examiners want to see? Understand what is expected for outstanding performances and how to support less experienced students
  • Explore how you can teach and rehearse the phrases with equal emphasis on all three skills areas
  • Developingconcentration,commitment,movementmemoryandconfidenceinyourstudentsascritical essentials – fundamental skills to turn your students into dancers

  • Discussion: coffee break

    10.45– 11.00am

Practical Workshop: Achieving Success in the Set Works “Breathe” and “Shift”

11.00 – 12.00pm
  • Creative approaches to teaching these two set dances
  • Practical session on two dances focusing on physical, technical and expressive skills
  • Reinvigorated ways to get across the challenging key points
  • Overall performance–ways to get students to convey effectively the dance style of these two dances and to perform for the camera to access the top marks

Assessing, Analysing and Marking “Breathe” and “Shift”

12.00 – 12.40pm
  • Examination and analysis of the solo and duet/trio performances
  • Using the mark scheme to look at the performance at various levels, from the first sketches through to final performance l Assessment–examining the typical differences between Grade4/5 and grade8/9 performances and how to help students move through the grades to access the top marks

Lunch and informal discussion

12.40 – 1.40pm

Assessing, Analysing and Marking “Flux” and “Scoop”

1.40 – 2.15pm
  • Examination and analysis of solo and duet/trio performances
  • Using the mark scheme to look at the performance at various levels, from the first point of assessments through to final performance
  • Highlighting typical differences between Grade4/ 5and grade8/9 performances
  • Helping students move through the grades to access the higher marks
  • Tackling key areas that students struggle with through real-life examples

Practical: Session: “Flux” and “Scoop”

2.15 – 3.00pm
  • Learning key phrases from these two dances
  • Practical ideas of developing these phrases for your students
  • How to include these phrases in performance pieces
  • Look at examples of development in a number of exemplar performance pieces

Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.15pm

Refinement & Fine Tuning

3.15 – 3.45pm
  • Making a performance outstanding
  • Integrating the four mental skills in your teaching to maximise marks
  • Final presentation; communicating to the examiner
  • Top performance tips and techniques




London | Monday 11 December 2023

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London | Monday 11 December 2023

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.


Louise Judd has been teaching and performing within the Arts for over 20 years. A wealth of practical knowledge and experience from teaching LAMDA Drama, ISTD Dance genres and BG gymnastics. Head of Dance in her third state school for the past 13 years teaching and managing a department of GCSE, BTEC and A-level Dance students. On developing the department saw a rise in cohort numbers, a noticeable raise in attainment and students dramatically improved outcomes with 100% pass rate.


  • GCSE Dance Teachers
  • Heads of Dance
  • Head of Performing Arts
  • Teachers with responsibility for Dance co-curricular activities


  • 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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