Year 11 Subjects – Dance

Level: Stage 1
Subject Name: Dance
Prerequisites: None
Assumed knowledge: Dance experience in either curricular or extracurricular form is highly recommended and supports classroom learning.

Course Summary:

Students develop creative, technical, and physical understanding, and an appreciation of dance as an art form. Dance has its own specific language and processes that students learn in theory and practice through the study of technique, composition, performance, and critical analysis. Dance offers opportunities for the development of students’ creativity, self-discipline, self-esteem, personal identity, physical conditioning and confidence. This is achieved through experiences that encourage collaboration and creative problem-solving, the acquisition of skills, knowledge, and understanding, and the development of aesthetic awareness.

Course content:

Semester 1:

Students will explore Jazz Technique through the works of significant innovators such as Katherine Dunham, Gene Kelly, Robert Louis Fosse, Kelly Abbey and Justin Peck. Modern applications of Dance in Australian and international communities will be explored. Students will learn specific Jazz Dance techniques and create both set and improvised works using these ideas. Choreographic methods will be explored as students create their own works for assessment. Students will engage with various methods of improvisation, stagecraft principles and explore technology to design original works.

Semester 2:

Students will work together to create performance material for a school-wide showcase. Students will study and perform specific technique exercises to improve their dance communication skills, strength and and ability.

Assessments:

  • Technique Class 20%
  • Critical Analysis 20%
  • Performance 30%
  • Composition 30%