Artificial Things included in new GCSE Dance syllabus

Stopgap Dance Company is delighted to announce that our recent work, Artificial Things by our Artistic Director Lucy Bennett, is part of the new specification for GCSE Dance. AQA, the qualification provider, has chosen our work as one of six compulsory works to be studied for the next eight years.

Amy and David in Artificial Things

By studying Lucy's work, the students will learn to use the uniqueness of each dancer to enrich the creative process. They will also gain an insight into collaboration between disabled and non-disabled dancers.

To help teachers and students to better understand inclusive methodologies, Stopgap will be working with AQA’s Performing Arts team to create additional videos and other resources. We will share more information on this as soon as we can.

The dancers of Stopgap Dance Company will be made available to deliver workshops and talks about Artificial Things to a wide range of young people. We will aim to send a team of disabled and non-disabled dancers so that they can give the students a firm understanding of inclusive dance and choreography.

Stopgap is working hard to share excellent inclusive productions and training methods widely, and our work for GCSE Dance is one of the many ways we are doing this. Stopgap is an agency for change that aims to work collaboratively with colleagues in the arts and education. We believe that partnership working can embed diversity and inclusion in the dance industry.

The new GCSE Dance specification will be available from September 2016. 

Click here for more information about the new specification.