This is the second year of our A Level Dance Course for students and we shortly see the young dancers presenting their choreographies and performing solos for their practical test. Part of the test involves choreographing a group dance based on given stimuli, and the other part of the test sees the students performing a solo dance choreographed in the style of a set practitioner. In the case of the latter, we have chosen the great Jerome Robbins: our company dancer Catrin has choreographed a short solo in this style which the students will perform for the examiner.
Each week the students have been working hard with their group dancers to make some lovely work. One piece has examined the music of Goldmund, another has translated a visual image into a 3 minute dance work, another has looked at an Oriental tea garden – very diverse topics.
There will of course be a written examination at the end of the course where the students answer questions on a given period of dance history and a set work.
A really tough course, designed to test the all round skills of a dance student, not the “flinging around a studio waving your arms” examination that some people may have us believe!
I am immensely proud of the way in which our students have undertaken their tasks and sincerely hope that they will be rewarded with good results, I wish them all the luck they deserve for their hard work.