VCE DANCE UNITS 1, 2, 3 & 4

Information provided is relevant to 2019 study and is subject to change and enrolment numbers for 2020.

Open to all Students in years 10-12.

Taken externally from your school as your 5th or 6th subject.

Rationale

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 societies, people have explored the dancers’ ability to 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 diverse approaches.

The study is designed to develop a broad understanding and appreciation of dance through the integration of practical and theoretical aspects of learning in the context of composition and performance. 

Students develop and refine their technical and compositional skills by exploring a personal and learnt movement vocabulary and ways in which movement can be arranged to communicate, in a safe way, the expressive intention of the dance makers.  Students perform solo and group dance works from different choreography processes and study cultural influences on dance and ways in which ideas are communicated.

This study is designed to enable students to:

  • Develop physical control of movement and contrasting qualities of movement.

  • Develop safe and correct use of the body.

  • Develop skills associated with a variety of approaches to dance making and performance.

  • Respond creatively and imaginatively to an idea, emotion, observation or exploration of movement.

  • Create a unified composition using a personal movement vocabulary.

  • Observe and experience dance in an analytical, critical and reflective manner.

  • Successfully complete the three areas of study: dance perspectives, dance technique & dance composition and performance.


UNIT 1

In this unit students explore the potential of the body as an instrument of expression. They learn about and develop technical and physical skills. Students discover the diverse range of expressive movement by exploring body actions, and commence the process of developing a personal movement vocabulary. Knowledge of physiology, including care and maintenance of the body, is applied to the execution of body actions through the safe use of technical and physical skills. Students develop and perform movement studies and dances with unified compositions created through a range of movement creation processes. They discuss cultural influences on their own dance backgrounds, and on the expressive intentions and movement vocabulary in their own dances.

UNIT 2

This unit focuses on expanding students’ personal movement vocabulary and choreographic skills through the exploration of the elements of movement; time, space (including shape) 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 pre-1930 dance tradition/s, style/s and/or works. Dance tradition/s, style/s and/or work/s selected for study might encompass dance tradition/s of indigenous cultures through to the works of ballet choreographers such as Leonide Massine and Michel Fokine, modern dance created by Ruth St Denis and Ted Shawn, early musical theatre/film choreography of Busby Berkeley and/or the work of tap/jazz performer Bill Robinson (Bojangles). Students describe the movement vocabulary in their own and others’ dances by identifying expressive body actions and ways the elements of movement have been manipulated. Students also analyse and discuss the communication of their own and other choreographers’ intentions, through the structuring of form, and the choreographic and expressive use of the elements of movement.

UNIT 3

This unit focuses on choreography, rehearsal and performance of a solo dance work and involves the physical execution of a diverse range of body actions and use of technical and performance skills. Students also learn a group dance work created by another choreographer. The dance-making and performance processes involved in choreographing, rehearsing and performing the solo dance work, and learning, rehearsing and performing the learnt group dance work are analysed.


Students also develop an understanding of choreographic skills through an analysis of ways the expressive intention chosen by the choreographer of twentieth and/or twenty-first century solo dance works selected from the prescribed list of dance works is developed through the use of choreographic devices and arrangement of phrases and sections. Students analyse expressive use of movement vocabulary in the selected dance works, and cultural influences on the choreographers’ choice of expressive intention, and technical and production aspects of the dance works. Works for study for Outcome 1 must be selected from the Prescribed List of Dance Works.

UNIT 4

This unit focuses on choreography, rehearsal and performance of a unified solo dance work which has a beginning, development/s and resolution. When rehearsing and performing this work students focus on expressive and accurate execution of choreographic variations of spatial organisation and demonstration of performance skills. Students also document and analyse the dance-making and performance processes involved in the choreography, rehearsal and performance of the unified solo dance work.

Students understanding of choreographic skills is also developed and refined through an analysis of ways in which the choreographers’ intention can be expressed through the manipulation of group structures and the elements of spatial organisation, including direction, level, eye/body focus and dimension, in group dance works by twentieth and/or twenty-first century choreographers. Cultural influences on choices made by choreographers in these works are also studied.

Works for study for Outcome 1 must be selected from the Prescribed List of Dance Works.


Levels of Achievement

Units 1 and 2: This is an internal based assessment. Therefore the teacher decides on the level of achievement, through grades, descriptive statement or other indicators. This level is not reported to the Board of Studies.

Units 3 and 4: The Board of Studies will supervise the assessment of all students in Units 3 and 4. The level of achievement will be determined by school assessed course work and two end-of-year examinations.

* Course work in class time (15% Unit 3, 10% Unit 4) = 25%

* Two solo composition and performance exams = 50%

* End of year written exam = 25%   


Assessment and Reporting

Satisfactory Completion: To achieve an S (satisfactory completion) for a unit, students must demonstrate satisfactory achievement of all set outcomes in each unit. This is based on the teacher’s assessment of the student’s overall performance.

Unit Outcomes: Each VCE unit consists of three assessment outcomes. These outcomes encompass all areas of study for each set unit that has been covered. Teachers will assess whether each student has demonstrated each of these three outcomes to the indicated level (key knowledge, key skills).

Demonstration of Outcomes 1 and 2: Achievement will be based on the student’s performance on a selection of the following tasks.

  • Oral presentations.

  • Multimedia presentations.

  • Written reports (at least 1 task must be completed in writing).

Demonstration of Outcome 3: Achievement will be based on the student’s performance on a selection of the following tasks.

  • A solo or group dance work composed by the student.

  • A solo or group dance learnt from another.

  • A solo or group structured improvisation.


Timetable

Units 1 and 2: (Year 10 or Year 11 students accepted).

Theoretical & Practical session: Friday afternoons 4.30-6pm.

Practical Skills Class: One evening skills class appropriate to the students’ ability level. Monday – Thursday classes are available.

Minimum of 50 hours per unit.                   

Units 3 and 4: (Year 11 or Year 12 students accepted).

Theoretical & Practical session: Friday afternoons 4.30-6pm.

Practical Skills Class: One evening skills class appropriate to the students’ ability level. Monday – Thursday classes are available.

Minimum of 50 hours per unit.                    

Previous Dance experience is necessary. Practical skills classes must only be Jazz, Contemporary or Classical styles of dance. More than one skills class per week is an advantage. The Edge highly recommends Contemporary for all VCE dance students.


FEES

Fee structure is available on the second page of the current timetable: https://www.theedgeperformersschool.com.au/what-we-do

Text Books

No set texts are required. All relevant information is photocopied and giving to students during class.

Teacher

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Nicole Bunnell

Director

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Education).

Diploma of Education.

Associate Dance Teacher (DFTA).

Cert III in dance performance.

Level 2 First Aid.

Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment.

Over 15 years’ experience in teaching VCE dance.

VCAA provider ID - 13022

 

If you have further questions please email nicole@theedgeperformersschool.com.au