Dance

There are no prerequisites for entry to Units 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Unit 1

In this unit students explore the potential of the body as an instrument of expression. They learn about and develop physical skills. Students discover the diversity of expressive movement by exploring body actions, and commence the process of developing a personal movement vocabulary. They also begin to develop skills in documenting and analysing movement and develop understanding of how choreographers use these processes. Knowledge of physiology, including care and maintenance of the body, is applied to the execution of body actions through the safe application of physical skills. Students develop and perform movement studies and dances with unified compositions created through a range of movement creation processes.

They discuss influences on their own dance backgrounds and on the expressive intentions and movement vocabulary in their own dances.

Outcomes

  1. Report/s in one of the following formats:
    • written
    • oral
    • multimedia
  2. Choreograph and perform a solo or a group dance work that communicates an expressive intention
    and
    Complete structured solo and/or group improvisation
  3. Perform a learnt solo or group dance work
  4. Report/s in one of the following formats:
    • written
    • oral
    • multimedia 

Unit 2

This unit focuses on expanding students’ movement vocabulary and choreographic skills through the exploration of the elements of movement: time, space and energy and the study of form. Students apply their understanding of form and the expressive capacity of the elements of movement to the dance-making and performing processes involved in choreographing and performing their own dance works and dance works created by others. Students are also introduced to dance traditions, styles and works. Dance traditions, styles and works selected for study might encompass dance traditions of indigenous cultures or other culturally specific dance through to the works of ballet choreographers, modern dance, early musical theatre/film choreography and the work of tap/jazz or street performers.

Students describe the movement vocabulary in their own and others’ dances by identifying expressive body actions and ways the elements of movement have been manipulated. Students also analyse and discuss the communication of their own and other choreograph intentions, through the structuring of form, and the choreographic and expressive use of the elements of movement. This analysis supports students’ understanding of the link between theoretical and practical aspects of each area of study.

Outcomes

  1. Report/s in one of the following formats:
    • written
    • oral
    • multimedia
  2. Choreograph and perform a solo or a group dance work that communicates an expressive intention
    And complete structured solo and/or group improvisations.
  3. Perform a learnt solo or group dance work
    and
    Report on the processes used to learn, rehearse and perform the dance work.

At least one of the assessment tasks for this unit must be completed in a written format.

Unit 3

This unit focuses on choreography, rehearsal and performance of a solo dance work and involves the execution of a diverse range of body actions and use of performance skills. Students also learn group dance taught by the teacher. The dance-making and performance processes involved in choreographing, rehearsing and performing both the solo and group dance work are analysed.

Students further develop their understanding of choreographic skills through analysis of expressive intentions, choreographic devices, arrangement of phrases and sections, dance design and use of movement vocabulary of selected works. Students consider influences on the choreographers’ choice of expressive intention, and production aspects of the dance works.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Analyse selected solo dance works.
  2. Choreograph, rehearse and perform a solo dance work and analyse the processes and practices used.
  3. Learn, rehearse and perform a group dance work created by another choreographer and analyse the processes and practices used.

Unit 4

This unit focuses on choreography, rehearsal and performance of a unified solo dance work. When rehearsing and performing this work students focus on expressive and accurate execution of choreographic variations of spatial organisation and demonstration of artistry in performance. Students also document and analyse the dance-making and performance processes involved in the choreography, rehearsal and performance of the solo dance work.

Students’ understanding of choreographic skills is also developed and refined through an analysis of ways in which the choreographers’ intention can be expressed through the manipulation of different types of group structures. Students also analyse the use of the elements of spatial organisation in a group dance work. Influences on choices made by choreographers in these works are also studied.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  1. Analyse a selected group dance work.
  2. Choreograph, rehearse and perform a solo dance work and analyse the processes and practices used.

Assessment

Units 1 and 2

A combination of both written and performance assessments.

Units 3 and 4

A combination of both written and performance assessments.

Contact Teacher - Katrina Aralios