A Hands-on Introduction to the Practice and Place of Dance. A Group B Elective.

Course Description

This course will be taught by Performing Arts teachers.

Dance has existed as a vital part of every known culture throughout time. It is a way we communicate, a way we express ourselves. It is a key part of popular culture, it is a technical practice and it asks us to challenge ourselves physically.

This is a hands-on (or possibly feet-on??) introduction to dance that will give students the opportunity to understand different styles, learn technical skills, understand the role of dance in culture and look at dance in contemporary contexts. This course requires no experience or expertise in either dance or the creative arts, just an interest and a willingness to get involved and get out of your comfort zone.

Areas of study

  • Different styles of dance
  • Skills and techniques
  • Movie and literature studies
  • Choreography
  • Dance as an industry and profession
  • The anatomy and physiology of dance

Modes of Assessment

  • Practical tasks
  • Collaborative work
  • Peer review
  • Self reflection
  • Depth studies

Links to the Broader Curriculum

  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication skills