Year 11 – 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 engage with a focus on Jazz history and technique, with a particular focus on Jerome Robbins and his expressive innovations in the broadway world. Students will explore their own ideas surrounding narratives and communication in dance. Performance routines will deepen students understanding of composition technique and explore concepts surrounding stagecraft. Students will also experience live performance work and engage with critical analysis of a professional dance company.

Assessments:

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