Higher Dance

Age 14-18

Time Thursday 5.15pm-7.30pm, additional Sundays 10am-4pm

Dates 3 terms *starting 3rd October*

Course accredited by the SQA (subject to approval and validation)

Venue MGA Balgreen Campus (207 Balgreen Road, Edinburgh EH11 2RZ)

Take your Dance skills to the next level and gain an SQA-accredited qualification with this Higher Dance course at MGA.

Students must be aged 14 – 18 years old to take this course, and will have opportunity to complete their SCQF Level 6 (24 SCQF credits) at the end of the three terms (subject to approval and validation). Entry on to the course is by audition and acceptance.

About the course

Students should have a good level of Dance experience for this course. They will be developing their technical skills in a variety of dance genres in terms of the following elements:

  • posture and alignment
  • use of flexibility
  • quality of movement
  • performance style

They will also be comparing and contrasting the characteristics of two dance styles and developing their analytical skills through the evaluation of choreographic repertoire.

Course takes place at MGA Balgreen on Thursday evenings, with additional required choreography sessions on Sundays.

Course content

The Higher Dance course is divided into three components:

1. Dance Appreciation in Context (30% of final marks)
Students will complete a written question paper under exam conditions, demonstrating their knowledge of two contrasting dance styles and comparing their key characteristics.
Students will develop their analytical skills in order to be able to give a personal evaluative response to a piece of professional choreography.

2. Practical Activity (30% of final marks)
Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of choreographic principles. They will investigate a theme or stimulus in detail, plan a group choreography using choreographic devices and structures, and present this on their exam day.
Students will accompany their choreography with a choreographic review. This should show a detailed documentation and evaluation of their choreographic process.

3. Performance (40% of final marks)
By the end of the course students must be able to demonstrate refined technical skills and, as part of their exam, perform two tutor-choreographed dance sequences.

Successful pupils who complete the course and pass the exam will achieve Level 6 – 24 SCQF credit points (accredited by SQA, subject to approval and validation).

Course costs

£100 Administration and Registration Fee payable on acceptance of place

Payment 1 – £100 payable October
Payment 2 – £200 payable December
Payment 3 – £200 payable February

Pay in full at the start of the course and get Payment block 1 free (total to pay will be £500 for the year including Registration fee).

How to apply

Entry on to the course is by audition and acceptance so please get in touch if you would like to find out more. Candidates must be aged between 14 and 18, and have suitable Dance experience prior to joining this course.

Email principal.parttime@themgaacademy.com or call the MGA office on 0330 058 0656 to apply.

Course dates

Thursday evenings, 5.15pm – 7.30pm
*Start date Thursday 3rd October 2019*

Download the Higher Dance course dates >

Students will also be required for the following Sunday sessions from 10am to 4pm:
October 27th 2019 – Choreography Masterclass 1
November 17th 2019 – Choreography Masterclass 2
December 1st 2019 – Choreography Session
January 12th 2019 – Choreography Session
February 16th 2020 – Choreography Session
March 8th 2020 – Choreography Session
April 19th 2020 – Choreography Session
May 10th 2020 – Choreography Session

SQCF Exam Date
Wednesday 20th May 2020, 9am-11am

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