This revised course will demonstrate new teaching approaches and methods to ensure that A level Dance students have a detailed skillset across the Practical Performance requirements which they can use to produce innovative work which allows them access to the highest mark bands in their final performances.

The course will demonstrate how they can maximise their marks and teaching strategies for raising standards and results with students and encouraging more challenging work in A-level Dance.


  • Gain teaching strategies for developing and embedding high level performance skills with students
  • Develop new methods for improving results in the practical performance and final grades
  • Understand how to tutor effectively during exam preparation
  • Obtain new teaching approaches for the different styles of choreography questions
  • Take away strategies to support students’ working methods and improve final results
COURSE DATES London | Monday 25 November 2019
  • Heads of Department for Dance
  • All teachers of A-level Dance
  • Heads of Performing Arts Faculties
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 10.30am
What are the examiners looking for in high quality practical performance?

  • Understanding how to meet the assessment criteria at the highest levels
  • Ensuring students appreciate the standards for excellent performance at A-level
  • The purpose and best practice of linking theory and practice with students
  • Effective tutoring methods for raising student performance levels
  • Developing the skills across a linear A-level – key strategies and timings

10.30 – 10.50am
Discussion: coffee break

10.50 – 12.00pm
Unpicking the choreographic tasks for successful outcomes

  • Teaching successful research methods to allow for the best quality of final outcome
  • Ensuring students answer the different styles of questions excellently
  • Selecting appropriate accompaniment – how to prepare students to do this well
  • Reviewing exemplar work to understand the difference between levels of achievement

12.00 – 1.00pm
Achieving well in Choreography and Solo Performance 3.1.2

  • Quick wins and Teaching approaches for excellent A-level choreography
  • Developing personal and technical skills to enable high mark band performances
  • Applying embodied knowledge, skills and understanding to perform as a soloist in the style of their selected practitioner
  • Strategies for encapsulating the named practitioner style in technique and performance at A-level standard
  • Choreography for a solo – the differences from a group dance and what examiners expect
  • Utilising examples to strengthen student performance

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 3.00pm
Performance for a duet, trio or quartet

  • Feedback from 2018 and the key areas of challenge for students
  • Developing style in performance
  • Teaching strategies for extending expressive skills
  • Examining example answers and resources to demonstrate what examiners are looking for

3.00 – 3.15pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.15 – 3.45pm
Producing an excellent final outcome

  • Activities for students to learn how to ensure a coherent outcome which embodies the concept
  • Supporting the dancers’ skills to ensure sensitivity
  • Managing the programmme notes as part of the grading process
  • The key attributes from rehearsal to examination performance

Vicky Hebbes

Vicky has a wide range of experience in managing, teaching and assessing dance and performing arts across schools and further education. She has been consistently graded outstanding in observations. Vicky is a Dance expert with many years examining experience and has been a Lead Internal Verifier of BTEC Dance from Level 1-5 within school and at a specialist performing arts college. She also works with individual schools to identify problems and raise standards in teaching dance.

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