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The Arts

The IB Dance course is offered at Standard and Higher Level. This course takes a holistic approach to dance, and embraces a variety of dance traditions and dance cultures – past, present and looking towards the future. Performance, creative and analytical skills are mutually developed and valued. Critical to every IB Dance student is the importance of working independently and as a member of an ensemble. The curriculum provides students with a liberal arts orientation to dance.  This orientation facilitates the development of students who may become choreographers, dance scholars, performers or students who seek life enrichment through dance.


The aims of the IB Dance course are to:

  • Understand dance as a set of practices with their own histories and theories, and to understand that these practices integrate physical, intellectual and emotional knowledge
  • Experience dance as an individual and collective exploration of the expressive possibility of bodily movement
  • Understand and appreciate mastery in various dance styles, traditions and cultures familiar and unfamiliar.
  • Recognise and use dance  to create dialogue among the various traditions and cultures in their school environment, their society and the world at large.


Assessment outline:

Standard Level

External Assessment 60%

  • Two compositions and analysis 40%
  • Dance Investigation of two dance styles 20%

Internal assessment 40%

  • Performance of two dance works 40%


Higher Level

External assessment 60%

  • Three compositions and analysis 35%
  • Dance investigation of two dance styles 25%


Internal assessment 40%

  • Performance of two or three dance works


There are no external examinations for this course

junior and middle school girls