Dance is the language of movement. It is the realisation of the body’s potential as an instrument of expression. Throughout history and in different cultures, people have explored the dancer’s ability to communicate and give expression to social and personal experience. The study of dance provides the opportunity to explore the potential of movement as a medium of creative expression through practical and theoretical approaches.

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.

Unit 2

This unit focuses on expanding students’ personal 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.

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 a group dance work created by another choreographer.

Students analyse the dance design and use of movement vocabulary of selected works, as well as consider influences on the choreographer’s choice of expressive intention and production aspects of the dance works. These dance works are selected from the prescribed list of solo works for Unit 3.

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’ understanding of choreographic skills is also developed and refined through an analysis of ways in which the choreographer’s intention can be expressed through the manipulation of different types of group structures. These dance works are selected from the prescribed list of group works for Unit 4.

Assessment activities:

  • Analysis of choreography
  • Choreograph and perform solo/group dance works
  • Describe and demonstrate safe dance moves and dancers’ physiology
  • Written/oral reports

Selection advice:

This subject would suit students who enjoy dance as well as choreographing dance routines.  Students will need to work independently on solo work as well as be effective team members in group work.

Links to Further Pathways:

VCE Dance could lead to tertiary pathways in Performing Arts and is also a great way to build dance and choreography skills for students who have a personal interest in this subject area

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