Dance Styles Semester 1
This unit explores the Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance genres, and through practical and theoretical tasks increases student’s knowledge and understanding of these as recent and evolving art forms. Practical classes aim to increase student’s movement repertoire and physical competencies in these genres and through theory classes, students will study the history and evolution of Contemporary and Hip Hop, their social and cultural contexts and be introduced to analytical writing for dance. Students will work in small groups to create a piece in the Hip Hop genre, building their collaborative skills and knowledge of the choreographic process. The unit culminates in the preparation of a performance piece for Performing Arts Showcase.
Dance Styles Semester 2
Within this unit students will study contemporary technique as well as dance styles from other cultures. Students will compose tasks demonstrating movement sequences with authentic composition using traditional steps of a particular country. Students will also look at dance forms from cultures such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, African, Indian or dances from the Asia Pacific region. Studying dances of particular societies and their cultural ritual and or religious significance involves emphasis on ritual and religious context and the development of social and theatrical dance form. Students will also reflect on their own and others work. The unit culminates in the preparation of a performance piece for Performing Arts Showcase.
Dance Master Course
Within this unit students analyse the choreographer’s use of the elements of dance, choreographic devices, form and production elements to communicate choreographic intent in dances they make, perform and view. They evaluate the impact of dance from different cultures, places and times on Australian dance.
Students study technique in the Contemporary genre and choreograph dances by manipulating and combining the elements of dance, choreographic devices, form and production elements to communicate their choreographic intent. They choreograph, rehearse and perform dances, demonstrating technical and expressive skills appropriate to the genre and style. Students will understand how the body works and how it moves. Anatomical awareness including the study of skeletal and muscular systems as well as safe dance practice. Within this unit students will perform at PLC’s annual Dance Showcase.
This course will allow students to:
- build on their awareness of the body and how it is used in particular dance styles
- extend the combinations of fundamental movement skills to include dance style-specific movement skills
- extend technical skills from the previous year, increasing their confidence, accuracy, clarity of movement and projection
- reflect on the development of traditional and contemporary styles of dance and how choreographers can be identified through the style of their choreography
- explore meaning and interpretation, forms and elements, and social, cultural and historical contexts of dance as they make and respond to dance
- understand that safe dance practices underlie all experiences in the study of dance
- perform within their own body capabilities and work safely in groups.
Dance Studies Semester 1
Within this unit students will look at past and present contexts of musical theatre covering the cultural origins of jazz, tap, ballroom, ballet and character. Areas of study include the evolution of jazz dance and parallels with jazz music, the blend of European and African traditions in an American environment and the development of musical theatre in Australia, USA and UK. Students will also study dance technique in the styles of Jazz, tap and modern, design concepts for the stage and create their own musical theatre work combined with learned repertoire for performance.
Dance Studies Semester 2
Within this unit students undertake technique and compositional tasks exploring how dance is used as entertainment in the media. Students will study film and still camera techniques and how these can be used to create mood and atmosphere to enhance a dance work, artwork or advertisement. They will investigate how and why dance is used in TV, movies and advertisements including the social and cultural contexts of these. Students will create their own dance films and promotional material and study commercial dance techniques such as Jazz and Hip Hop.