Dance (A/T/M)

students at Gungahlin College

Course information

This course approaches the study of dance from the three key areas of choreography, performance and evaluation, exploring a variety of styles including Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop and Street Dance. Through creating dance, you will explore ideas using the elements of dance, stylistic conventions and choreographic tools. Through presenting dance, you will have the opportunity to gain skills in using expressive techniques to convey the choreographer’s intent to an audience. By evaluating dance, you will apply critical analysis to further understand and appreciate the work of others.

Dance offers opportunities for students to increase physical fitness and health, as well as derive a sense of wellbeing, self-esteem and the necessary social skills to work effectively, both individually and collaboratively.

Post-school pathways

Do you enjoy or are you good at Performing Arts? (pdf, 110kb)

Workload expectation

All Performing Arts units have an emphasis on practical work with the inclusion of written analytical tasks and composition tasks.

Course pattern

Available as a Minor, Major, Major-Minor or Double Major course.

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Dance Foundations

2

Contemporary Dance

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Dance Foundations

2

Contemporary Dance

3

Dance & the Media

4

Theatrical Dance Styles

Unit descriptions

Dance Foundations

An introductory unit which familiarises students with commonly used technical dance movements, choreographic devices and a conceptual basis for choreography. Students will participate in physical dance classes, the creation of their own pieces and analysis of dance work presented by others.

Dance in Our Time

A unit in which students will learn and experiment with contemporary styles of street dance, particularly styles of Hip Hop. They will undertake research and analysis of the history of these styles, their response to social events and their role in current society.

Theatrical Styles

A unit in which students will explore technique in jazz, tap and other musical theatre styles. Students will learn about musical theatre, its role in society and evolution throughout history.

Contemporary Dance

A unit which undertakes an in-depth analysis and understanding of dance technique and dance works, developed by practitioners considered to be pioneers in the ‘modern-dance’ movement. Students will learn through both research and analysis, and physical experience of the practitioners’ styles. They will be required to apply this knowledge to their own dance piece creation.

Dance in the Media

This unit focuses on the relationship between dance and the media. Students will be involved in creating dance appropriate for use in the media and utilising different forms of media to present or promote dance.