GCSE Dance is a wonderful course for all students who love to perform, choreograph and watch dance and wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject on a more academic level. Broadly, the qualification is comprised of three main components: Performance, Choreography and Appreciation. The performance element requires students to learn a selection of technical contemporary dance sequences, specially created by professional choreographers for the AQA, and perform these for assessment. Students will be marked on their alignment, coordination, control, spatial awareness, knowledge of the action, dynamic, spatial and rhythmic content and performance quality. Students have to prepare two performances: one solo and one duet or trio. The performance mark accounts for 30% of the total awarded for the GCSE.