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‘Dance is the hidden language of the soul’ by Martha Graham

The Dance course acknowledges the interrelationship between practical and theoretical aspects of dance – the making and performing of movement and the appreciation of its meaning. Through decision-making in individual and group work, students use a wide range of creative processes, such as improvisation and the use of choreographic elements to create dance works. They also learn how dance styles and forms are historically derived and culturally valued. Through dance, students experience an intrinsic sense of enjoyment and have an opportunity to achieve a high level of movement skills. Curriculum Council 2011.

Year 8

All students in Year 8 undertake Dance for one term as a taster and runs for two periods a week.

The Dance course develops and presents ideas through a variety of genres, styles and forms, as it provides a unique way in which to express our cultural view and understanding of the world. Through critical decision-making in individual and group work, movement is manipulated and refined to reflect the choreographer’s intent. Students use a wide range of creative processes, such as improvisation and the use of choreographic elements and tools, and draw on their own physicality and the interpretation of existing work of others to create dance works.

Course Content

Students will develop knowledge, understanding and skills about dance as an art form through the study of the following three practices:

  • Choreography; Processes and techniques to create dance may reflect an overall concept or theme.
  • Performance; as a means of developing dance technique and performance quality to communicate ideas.
  • Contextual knowledge; as a means of describing and analysing dance as an expression of ideas within a social, cultural or historical context.

Year 9

Dance is an elective in Year 9 and runs two periods a week for the whole year.

The Dance course develops and presents ideas through a variety of genres, styles and forms, as it provides a unique way in which to express our cultural view and understanding of the world. Through critical decision-making in individual and group work, movement is manipulated and refined to reflect the choreographer’s intent. Students use a wide range of creative processes, such as improvisation and the use of choreographic elements and tools, and draw on their own physicality and the interpretation of existing work of others to create dance works.

Course Content

Students will develop knowledge, understanding and skills about dance as an art form through the study of the following three practices:

Year 10 Stage 1 A/B Overview

Dance is an elective in Year 10 and runs three periods a week for the whole year.

The Year 10 Course is divided up into two Units of study; Unit 1A and Unit 1B. The Dance course develops and presents ideas through a variety of genres, styles and forms, as it provides a unique way in which to express our cultural view and understanding of the world. Through critical decision-making in individual and group work, movement is manipulated and refined to reflect the choreographer’s intent. Students use a wide range of creative processes, such as improvisation and the use of choreographic elements and tools, and draw on their own physicality and the interpretation of existing work of others to create dance works.

Stage 1:

  • Focus for Unit 1A: Exploring the components of dance.
  • Focus for Unit 1B: Dance as entertainment.

Course Content

Students will develop knowledge, understanding and skills about dance as an art form through the study of the following three practices:

  • Choreography; Processes and techniques to create dance may reflect an overall concept or theme.
  • Performance; as a means of developing dance technique and performance quality to communicate ideas.
  • Contextual Knowledge; as a means of describing and analysing dance as an expression of ideas within a social, cultural or historical context.

Year 11 Dance Course Units 1A/1B

Stage 1 in Year 11 followed by Stage 2 in Year 12 is appropriate for students who intend to follow a vocational pathway or plan to continue their studies at TAFE. Stage 2 in Year 11 followed by Stage 3 in Year 12 is appropriate for students using Dance for university entry after Year 12. This option is more challenging than the first pathway.

Stage 1:

  • Focus for Unit 1A: Exploring the components of dance.
  • Focus for Unit 1B: Dance as entertainment.

Course Content

The course content is divided into two content areas:

  • Choreography; Processes and techniques to create dance may reflect an overall concept or theme.
  • Performance; as a means of developing dance technique and performance quality to communicate ideas.
  • Contextual Knowledge; as a means of describing and analysing dance as an expression of ideas within a social, cultural or historical context.
  • Choreography; Processes and techniques to create dance may reflect an overall concept or theme.
  • Performance; as a means of developing dance technique and performance quality to communicate ideas
  • Contextual Knowledge; as a means of describing and analysing dance as an expression of ideas within a social, cultural or historical context